Don't leave out the NAC
This from Jim's blog in 2006.........
I think this is EXACTLY where I went wrong over the past few years.
To recap...........I was treated for Lyme and Babesia for around 5 years with various combinations of antibiotics. Whilst i made
a lot of improvements in many areas, I was still far from well.
At a couple of years into treatment I asked my LLMD about making sure that the treatment that I was on covered for CPn as
well, and she agreed. So far so good!
In December last year I just quit everything to see what I would be like off meds. The result was a rapid decline, with
symptoms being as though my nose, sinuses, trachea and chest were inflamed++++++....as if I was just starting with
some infection, but it stayed like that and never developed. I NEVER had to blow my nose and only had a dry cough, never
coughing anything up.
I looked back over my diary and noted that the one time, 3 years ago, that I felt the best, I was on Doxy, Azithromycin,
Rifampin AND NAC. I then realised that I had not diligently kept the NAC going and had never done more than 3 or 4 weeks.
So maybe this was CPn that I was left with, and not anything to do with Lyme? I did a test with NAC and, sure enough, had
a brisk response and am still drippy and blowing 4 weeks later. I have gradually increased to 2400mg per day and have also
restarted Doxy and Azithromycin.
Back 3 years ago, I did not appreciate the importance of NAC. I think there is an element of 'its just a supplement so not as
important as antibiotics" I was very, very wrong.
I also tried to remember back to when I got sick in 1994....I remember having a mega-sinus infection and was draining what
seemed like huge amounts of yellow-green snot for several days. I wasn't ill with it, so didn't go to the doctor, just used pain
killers and decongestants and it 'got better by itself'. Or maybe not.....i have never had an event like that before or since.
Could well have been CPn, I guess. It was around then that I got Lyme, and I was also renovating an old house, stripping ALL
the old Lead paint with a hot air gun. No wonder the Lyme and CPn took a hold. For 11 years I had a diagnosis of CFS, until I
tested positive for Lyme.
Now I hope that getting back on track and treating CPn PROPERLY this time by keeping on the NAC will be beneficial.
I never thought that having a runny nose would make me this happy !!!!!!!!!!!