MediTest

Immune complex produced by the body when exposed to a foreign substance or bacteria

Jim’s Story- Chlamydia Pneumoniae and Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia

Submitted by Jim K on Sat, 2005-09-17 20:56

The Tunnel of Illness

I want to update my story on the front end so readers know even before reading the "agony post" how much benefit I've gotten from the treatment. It is August 26th, 2006. Coming up on two years I've been on the Combined Antibiotic Protocol (CAP) for Chlamydia pneumoniae (Cpn). A recent forum poster asked if anyone with CFS has improved on the CAP. My response:

Damned right I'm getting better!When I started the CAP I was in a 2 year slide after 25 years of CFS, then added FMS. For many years I'd struggled and somehow maintained a semblance of a life. Then over 2 years my pain, brain fog, restricted functioning, etc. slid to a point where I had to stop traveling and could for the first time see the possibility that I would become bedridden eventually.

PCR Analysis

Submitted by mrhodes40 on Wed, 2005-09-07 16:56

Here is a link to a detailed and technical paper on PCR analysis that evaluates and outlines the problem with culturing CPn and the variations in abilities in different labs. It also talks about the results of split samples and concordance between some PCR approaches and discordance with others. Though this is highly technical, it answers the question of how can it be that there are still some researchers producing papers saying, for example, that they tested patients with MS for CPn and found the incidence to be no higher than controls, such as this article here but note that this one used antibody tests, a ridiculously ineffective way of looking for CPn in cryptic form in the brain.