I just pulled in about 2 hours ago from my LLMD in Lubbock. Tired from the drive and my left ear is ringing from the 12 hour highway noise. I left his office with a Bartonella clinical diagnosis and a DNA lab with Brevundimonas vesicularis detected in my capillaries. WTF!?!?!
There is not much information on B. vesicularis infection because human infection is slim but it can infect by an abscess tooth. B. vesicularis colonizes in yellow or orange color and is found in water sources. So to the point, I had an abscess tooth in late '08 with a root canal done in Dec '08. Our shower, in my home, grows orange (what i thought and still might be mold) colonies; it's only the shower and has been that way since we moved in in 2007 and still continues to grow. Could this be B. vesicularis? I don't know at this point, but I'm calling my biology department at college to see if they would be willing to find out.
The LLMD explained that since the tooth was capped with a root canal, it's now possibly a reservoir for this bacteria, dripping into my blood stream like a leaky faucet. My immune system was/is so busy fighting this off, Bartonella was able to come in and take over. He believes with my symptoms, I had Bartonella; the DNA test couldn't read the low levels so he believes we have it low enough. He also said that many people are infected with bacteria like what we talk about here, but it is only when your immune system is compromised that it can flourish. My next step is to get the root canal removed from a special dentist that specialize in these situations and then stop abx. From there we will see how I do in two months, one month after the stopping of abx. If I need to get back on abx, then that's what we will do.
Everyone, I think this makes sense. Everything started after I had the root canal. The fevers, the numb face, the Cpni, the so on and on and on all started shortly after it. My "MS" or Bartonella symptoms started in Aug '09 with ON and just went straight up from there, especially when the Bart/Cpn combo weakened my veins and broke the BBB (that's when I had the ice pick headache that lasted for 5 minutes). It also explains my hives and other things that increased like crazy over the last few years.
So, there is the LLMD's opinion.
My opinion is a horse (Cpn), a zebra (Bartonella), and a donkey (B. vesicularis).
Any questions out there about my visit, feel free to ask.
P.S. Not so many State Troopers out there this time =)