I've just finished a seven-day course of Flagyl, and - after warnings from both the doctor and pharmacist to stay away from alcohol - Googled "Flagyl" and "alcohol" and came across this site. Didn't know ether was a virtual support group for chlamydia pneumoniae |(how do you explain that to the uninitiated? I've been asked "sexually transmitted, eh"?)
So this is rather exciting and quite interesting as well. My story is quite a bit like so many I've heard or read about.
I was super-fit and at gym one day - four years ago, almost exactly to the day - when I though "heavens, I can't go on!" It was like I had just run a marathon and over-exercised; aches and pains all over, and so-so tired. So I laid off gym for a week, then a month, then two months. To no avail. The aches and pains and tiredness and "brain fog" wouldn't go away.
Visit to a doctor; does the "usual" bloodtests, plus liver scan etc, and finds "nothing" wrong with me. Decides I have depression, then "perfectionism" (!) - which leads to high anxiety and heavens alone knows what else, see a shrink (I was told).
I was put on anti-depressants (Paxil), which made me ill and a little bit crazy, so I went cold turkey over the Christmas holidays.
A second and a third professional opinion; both agreed it was depression. (I'm stressed, yeah, but not that stressed, surely?)
A fourth doctor (specialist, apparently) discovered the fibromyalgia "points" in my body, and also diagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome. Also prescribed anti-depressants (trepiline).
At about this time, a friend told me it was all in my head and nothing a good diet and exercise wouldn't cure (and my other half seemed to agree with him).
Then- I hope - a turning point. Another friend said she had been talking to a friend of hers, who had been diagnosed with depression years ago, but had gone to a new doctor, who said "actually, you have germs of all kinds in your body", and started treating her (pulsing, or something like that, right?) with antibiotics; once a week for however many months.
So after much ado and scepticism (by now thoroughly convinced 'it" was indeed in my head and maybe I was depressed), off I went. Tons and tons of blood tests, which found positive results for:
- Mycoplasma pneumoniae IgG
- C pneumoniae IgA and IgG
- Toxoplasma gondii IgG as well as things called
- Rickettsia Mooseri and
- Rickettsia Conori
- Oh, and something wrong with my thyroid as well.
So I guess this is the site for me?
I've just finished my second course of medication (my first visit to the Doc was a month ago, the second last week. How many more?), and feel awful.
I'm assuming this is because (as I found following a link from this site)
Antibiotic treatment, while often quickly removing the mental fogging and fatigue, may intensify the 'flu-like feelings. This may be because the dead bacteria are now exposed to the immune system. And, as bacterial remnants are released from host-cells during cell replacement programmes, these 'flu-like episodes may occur for months and even years after the beginning of treatment. http://www.davidwheldon.co.uk/cfs.html
So I'm going to lurk a bit, soak in the information on the site, and see where this all takes me. I hope on the road to health.
I certainly seem less fatigued and the brain fog seems to have abataed, but the aches and pains are still there; all over the place.
But I'm not depressed, dammit (or at least I don't think I am - what is "depression" anyway?)