I have blogged several times suggesting that people (like me) who are doing the CAP on their own stick religiously to one of the protocols until they had enough experience with it to know how they were going to react and thus have a "baseline" for comparison with any changes that they make.
I have followed this advice for a year through 12 flagyl pulses. Having lamented about the fact that I was not getting the kind of reaction to the later pulses that I got to the earlier ones, I decided to make a change. Knowing the NAC and Amoxicillin had the same effect on CPn Elementary Bodies, but that Amoxicillin was also effective against other pathogens that might be co-infections, I decided to add Amoxicillin to my antibiotics.
Approximately five days after I started, I noticed a small rash on my left arm. Since we have poison ivy all over the backyard I thought nothing about it. I have taken Amoxicillin many times in my life and do not have an allergy to it. I just upped my Quercetin intake and the rash went away in a few days. Then a larger rash popped up on my right arm. It has not gone away completely when it was followed by another rash on my right leg. Then my left leg. Then my neck. Before too long I was covered head to toe with a rash. The rash was joined by chills and muscle pain. It took about a week to go away. As it did, my energy levels started to improve and my cognitive fog substantially decreased. I'm assuming that this was a herxheimer reaction and that I'm killing something more than just intestinal bacteria.
My first thought is Lyme or some similar disease. Back in 2006 all the doctors were in such a rush to slap an M.S. label on me that they wouldn't even test for Lyme when all this started (the state says there's no such thing as Lyme in Texas anyway - unless you got it somewhere else and imported it - so what's the point in testing for something that isn't there?). This even though I routinely travel to areas where it is endemic and both a former supervisor and co-worker tested positive for it. So, I think Lyme or an associated disease has got to be considered a possibility. I'm trying to get in with a Lyme disease doctor (the particular one I've located apparently believes in chronic Lyme since she's constantly fighting with the state over whether its ethical to treat for such a non-existant condition) and we'll see what she has to say if I am successful in getting in to see her.