distance running with CFS

Submitted by Eric Johnson on Tue, 2006-01-24 13:39

I just ran 3 miles at the track in a new best, 21:03. Pretty good for a guy who used to be able to sit up in a chair for a few hours max. And this much improvement after only 2 weeks of antimicrobials! Just kidding, 15 months of em. I've eaten a quarter-kilogram of tinidazole since May.For comparison, 8 years ago in high school, when I trained avidly for competition, before illness, I ran around 18:45.I'll put up my whole illness and treatment history later.

2nd dose of azithromycin -- what's going on?

Submitted by paron on Mon, 2006-01-23 18:47

I have taken two doses of azithromycin, one on Fri. and one today (Mon.)

I am so lightheaded. First one of my ears feels hot, then the other one does. I am cold all over. All I ate for dinner was three Shredded Wheats and an orange and a grapefruit. (In Ron-food terms, this is about = to a slice of dry toast and half a cup of weak tea in people-food. I've always had an excellent appetite.)

 Is this herxing? Should I feel so odd? Am I not supposed to take a couple of handfuls of pills every couple hours on the Stratton protocol?

Ron 

Raise the Flag (yl)

Submitted by katman on Mon, 2006-01-23 14:28

This is a short blog entry about being under the influence of Flagyl.  The first 2 days when I measured my 1 mile run/walk it  was a thing of beauty!  My time was 4 minutes for each lap of 700 feet- today it was more than 5 for the 1st lap and I was VERY tired after 3 laps and 17 minutes and stopped.  I ran not 1 step!  It was only 8 hours after my 1st dose and 1 1/2 after my 2nd.  I have to write this now because at this rate I will forget how to write by tomorrow!!  See you later......Rica 

A Quicky

Submitted by Sojourner on Mon, 2006-01-23 09:37

I didn't think I would update this treatment blog so quickly--but I am excited to be able to! On Jan. 6th Jim started the doxy and had minor reactions (quick fatigue, sinuses more congested-really minor). He also noticed strange effects from upping his NAC-Joint pain, movement in sinuses, etc. By the end of his first two weeks he said "I feel pretty good". That's a big stretch for my worst case scenerio, don't count your chickens until they're hatched kind a guy. On Jan 20th he took one zithro-Wow.He had reactions that I honestly did not expect. Brain fog, he cried for no reason, he felt as if someone was trying to shut his eye lids. He had stabbing like eye pain in both eyes, severe neck pain--felt like heck in general. Gluttens for punishment, on Sunday, Jan.22 he took his second zithro. Even worse reaction---all the same symptoms and more. Today he woke with achiness in his shoulders,neck,chest and elbow and knees. These are complaints from someone who does not know specifically what reactions to expext (I've not shared all of the knowledge that you all have shared with me).

update

Submitted by mrhodes40 on Sun, 2006-01-22 20:49

My hand is weak and clumsy thing today so this will be short. It's been 10 days of no spasticity meds for me. Last night I slept better than I can remember having slept with no spasms at all. None. Mind you, I have had some kind of spasticity med for most of my 15 years of MS. Starting in 99 I have taken requip at bedtime and for the last 2 years I have tried to get off the stuff but the spasms were so bad I've not been able to. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW SIGNIFICANT IT IS TO NOT NEED THIS. IT IS A BIG BIG DEAL.
I am doing this for the newbies so they can see someone can have something after 4 months of not being sure. I also wanted to update so people can see I am still doing well, it was not a flash in the pan and a fluke of a day or two that went away and I quietly disappeared not saying about how I went back on the med. Nope. I do not need it and I feel better now two weeks after finishing flagyl 2 than I have in a long time.

The INH "Pink's"

Submitted by Jim K on Sun, 2006-01-22 19:56

Since I posted on the first couple days of herx from INH, I have to say that today, only 6 days of 1/2 tablet, I had more energy and less brain fog than I've had for a while! I'm hesitant to say too much, since I know these spurts of energy can be short lived, but I actually found myself singing in the shower, with energy after shopping, eagerly reading and posting on the site here, having an intelligent conversation with my son. It's da bomb!Stay tuned, I may crash tomorrow, but this day was sweet! 

Backsliding?

Submitted by mswillow on Fri, 2006-01-20 02:49

I ended up on the floor twice in the last 3 days, because my legs gave out quickly. Had to have the paramedics pick me up and put me back in my chair. Being disabled really sucks.

I've been seeing some backsliding on my recovery, not just in my legs but my hand too, so I'm back on the Flagyl again. Some good news is that the azithromycin I'll be using to replace the roxithromycin is now available as a generic, further cutting my med bills. That'll help quite a bit.

My power chair, Elspeth, is in the shop, getting a cool new seat. I'll get her back on Monday - till then, I'm driving a really cheesy loaner chair. It's nasty, uncomfortable, jerky, and has VERY limited battery capacity. I want Elspeth back.

The INH Blues

Submitted by Jim K on Thu, 2006-01-19 19:28

I haven't posted for a bit, and had a report all prepared of how I felt I'd turned a corner in the last couple months. Tonight, though, I'm "singin' the INH blues..." having just hit day 3 of adding a half of a 300mg tab each day. I'm amazed that after a year on the protocol and 7 or 8 tinidazole pulses, I have such big inflammatory reactions to adding this more potent med. But it also makes it clear that there are tissues which have not been reached as well by my continuing doxy/zith/nac/tini combo, hence why my progress has been gradual, although steady. Some good news too. I just got back from a business trip overseas which I had also done in September '05. I clearly was doing better now than in September: less fatigue, less brain fog, more resiliency from travel, quicker adjustment to jet lag and time change. This prior to starting the INH, so I know it was the accumulated result of the doxy/zith/nac/tini combo.