Cycling after the initial adverse event has to do with homeostasis. Homeostasis is the property of a system in which variables are regulated so that internal conditions remain stable and relatively constant. When you are healthy all of your internal conditions remain stable and you are in a state of homeostasis. When something comes along with a severe toxic onslaught, such as the fluoroquinolones which have the ability to disrupt many body systems, your bodies’ homeostasis is thrown off.
Various cycles in the body such as sleep, breathing, hormonal, blood sugar regulation, stress/tension, etc…all get disrupted. When these systems are out of balance or malfunctioning you experience very unpleasant symptoms. The more the disruption the more serious the experience.
Despite this, it is your bodies’ natural inclination to seek balance or homeostasis. After a while, such as weeks or months, your body adjusts to its new level of functioning even if it is much worse than before. Although healing can take place, a subsiding of symptoms does not always guarantee it. Often times it just means that an adjustment has taken place. Often the floxed person perceives that things have gotten better when in fact the body is now living on a precarious ‘edge’ that can easily become unbalanced.
Think of your health as now balancing on a knife edge as opposed to a wide solid platform. Before it used to take a lot of disruption to throw you off balance. Now that you are balancing on a knife edge, it takes very little pressure to throw you off balance.
Once you are balancing on this new edge, little stressors that are placed upon the system such as physical exertion, eating a new food, exposure to a new chemical, etc… can throw you off. What causes you to be ‘thrown off’ your edge is very different from person to person as well as intensity.
Many people call this ‘re-floxing’, when in fact it is nothing more than the bodies’ homeostasis becoming unbalanced again.
If cycling becomes farther and farther apart with less intensity, it is a good sign that some healing is taking place and the foundation on which your homeostasis is conditional upon is more stable. Keep in mind that people cycle differently. Some individuals experience severe cycling while others experience mild cycles.
This cycling can be, and often is, very unnerving for the floxed person causing depression and psychological stress. Often times they think the worst is behind them. However, one of the worse things you can do is compare your reaction or cycles to another floxed person. Remember there are no healing timelines set in stone.