At the start of my MS odyssey, I was - like many people - diagnosed with a number of different illnesses before the right one was identified. In the end, the doctors working on my case collectively shrugged their shoulders and sent me (and any potential malpractice liability) to the medical school in Houston, Texas.
I ultimately received a diagnosis. I actually received several. I didn't realize this until I got a complete copy of my medical records. After the doctors got past Bell's palsy, neurocystercoccus, and brain cancer, the first diagnosis was tumefactive MS. The next was referred to as both Fulminant or Marburg MS. This was about the time I started the CAP and the exacerbations ceased almost immediately. The diagnosis was ultimately changed to Relapsing-Remitting MS.
My primary care doctor at the time was not comfortable with my neurologist being six hours away so she urged me to get one locally. At my last visit with the neurologist at the medical school he even asked if I was taking antibiotics, but would not accept they had any influence in the fact I was getting better, not worse. I eveneutally found a neurologist closer to home, but like every other neurologist I have seen, she too was unwilling to accept antibiotics had any role in the patient that was standing (and walking, even dancing) right in front of them.
Well, that neurologist retired yesterday.
My new primary care doctor - who thinks Dr. Wheldon "may be on to something" because he says he can't ignore the difference between my medical records and what is sitting (and standing - I didn't dance) in front of him, referred me to a new neurologist. She's not as open-minded as my primary care doctor, but she at least admits she can't explain someone with Relapsing Remitting MS not having any relapses even though she feels the antibiotics can't have had anything to do with it.
Well, it seems that once again I have once again failed in my quest to be empirical evidence and am instead merely dismissed as a chimera; an inexplicable outlier in the data set that is present but not actually here.