Diagnosed with PFO during Echocardiogram - Please Help!

I have been treating Lyme/Cpn for years now and almost had a full recovery. Recently I was under alot of stress and was exercising vigorously with no apparent problems. Recently however I have been having episodes of weakness (spells) where I get weak, nauseous, pale, shaky, a strong pain in the head, confusion and mild stroke symptoms: word recall, mild speech problems, confusion. Also mild chest pain, elevated BP, and feel very anxious and sweaty. This happens when doing nothing, sometimes after a walk or walking upstairs, or lifting groceries etc... I went to cardio and had full workup (have had numerous workups in past, all good). He did a treadmill which went fine. Today they did an echocardiogram with bubble study and found a PFO (open hole from one side of atria to the other). Apparently this is common with CFS patients and 25% of the pop has it. Next week they will do a TEE to see how big the hole is (rest of echo looks fine). They may suggest closing it if it is a large hole. I have read on the internet that some studies have found a link to PFO and Cpn. Anyone out there have a PFO? What did you do about it? Will the antibiotics help? I am weighing the idea of surgery as they are linked to strokes, but then again who knows? Any input greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Mycoplasma1,  I don't have any input for you but just wanted to send my thoughts of support.  You've been through quite a bit on this journey!  Hopefully it will be a very small one...(PFO).  I had an echcardiogram done last year, but don't believe it included the bubble study.... I'll have to check my records.

Keep us posted, perhaps someone else has something to share....


JeanneRoz ~ DX'd w/ CPN 4/2007; 6/07 -"officially" dx'd w/CFIDS/FM; also: HHV6, EBV, IBS-C, 100 Doxy:BID; 500 mg Biaxin BID; Tindamax Pulses, B12 shots, ERFA Dessicated Thyroid,Cortef, Iodoral 25 mg, Vit D-6,000 uni

Thank you. My cardio followed up with a TEE and all looked good. No PFO which I find very strange since it showed up on the echo before the TEE.
CAP since 11/06 for Cpn, Lyme, Bartonella, Babesia, Myco P, CMV, HHV-6 infections. Rifampin 600mg daily, Zithromax 500mg daily. NAC 2250mg daily. All other supplements. Now Bicillin LA 2.4 mil injection weekly.