Infectolab Chlamydia pneumoniae Elispot LTT
I'm new to the forum (but not new to chronic illness...). I've been unwell for just over 20 years with ME/CFS. In that time I've explored various causes for my symptoms and tried the usual gamut of treatments, at least those that seemed rational at the time. In recent years I've become hypersensitive to medications and supplements, so I've slowed down my turnover of treatments as many times I can't tolerate them.
Several years ago my doctor ran a panel of PCR tests and the only one that came back positive was Cpn. I then did a treatment with Sulfoxime and Dioxychor infusions x 3 and retested twice. The test reported negative both times, but I remained unwell. From what I understand so far, it may be possible for there to be reservoirs of infection in deep tissue meaning a peripheral blood PCR may represent a false negative?
Last year I decided to investigate for Cpn again and we did the Infectolab Chlamydia pneumoniae Elispot lymphocyte transformation test. The lab result was +14 (ref <2) and the report says the Elispot indicates cellular activity against Chlamydia pneuomiae. How convinced would you be by this? As a technology lymphocyte transformation tests are not universally regarded as reliable. How does my result compare with other people's?
I've sat on this test result, in part because I don't fully trust the information and also because I don't relish the prospoect of a treatment protocol consisting of long-term antibiotics... I've already taken quite extensive courses of antibiotics in my attempts to get better. This includes several months of various antibiotics for putative Lyme disease. There have also been long term antibiotics for acne and prostatitis. I feel like antibiotics are the last thing I want to take right now.
Are there any effective treatment protocols that don't involve prescription antibiotics?
Another question that comes to mind is, what about the risk of re-exposure to Cpn? It seems to be an infection that is commonplace in the community and easily aquired. What if you go to extreme lengths to comply with a treatment protocol risking potentially harmful side effects, only to pick up Cpn again?