I have been having some health issues since about oct. 10 th / 04 . It started at work one day with waves of dizzy spells, which seemed to be triggered by movement of my neck. They continued non stop for two weeks , then were accompanied with periods of chest pain. At this point I was starting to get worried, thinking I was having heart problems. I also noticed that my vision was becoming worse, almost like the dizziness. It seemed to come in waves of blurriness. A visit to the first aid room found my heart rate to be very erratic. I was sent to the hospital by ambulance, thinking I was having a heart attack. A three day stay in the hospital, hooked up to a heart monitor, showed no problems with my heart. While I was there I had blood work done which came back normal? I also had a c.t scan that revealed a sinus infection, which I had no symptoms of. I was given a two week dose of anti - biotic and was told not to worry , the symptoms were most likely the sinus infection. I returned to work on the Friday, only to have the dizzy spells and the blurred vision return with in an hour. I continued with the anti -biotic and remained working. By mid November the symptoms started to worsen, the dizzy spells seemed to last longer and a feeling of total fatigue after doing the simplest of tasks. This I found to be odd because I had been working out with weights and riding bike, doing a very aggressive work out for over a year. As I look back now I see the symptoms had started earlier than I had noticed. While I was lifting weights I would have these quick flashes of dizziness. As time went on, my workouts became shorter and shorter. By the end of August 2004 my workouts came to a gradual halt. It was as if my motivation was stripped from me. A trip back to the doctor for more tests still reveals no clues as to what is going on. Struggling to continue to work and finding myself in emergency rooms way to many times, my employer finally ask me to take a medical leave until the doctors could find out what was going on. Being that I work in a sawmill and operate moving equipment, I thought it was probably better for the safety of others and myself to take some time off. My last day worked was Dec. 10th/04 Since then after many visits to different doctors with diagnoses from possible heart problems, to maybe its depression, to a quote from my doctors secretary " have you been tested for M.S. " Until then I had no idea as to what M.S. was. Well since then the story starts to unfold. After hours of research and looking back in to my past, the pieces are fitting together. I believe this all started about twenty- three years ago. During my first marriage. , I began having problems with symptoms of which I thought to be a S.T.D. Problems with urinating, burning sensation. After having several attempts to get a doctor to run some tests, I finally had some tests done. To my surprise the tests came back negative. I continued on with my merry life. Soon I started having more problems, itchy skin, burning eyes and inflammation in my knee. My knee would become so inflamed I could hardly walk. It would fill with a yellowish green fluid. Tests of the fluid would always come back inconclusive. Finally I was sent to a specialist in Vancouver. A five minute visit by a doctor that I just drove five-hundred miles to see, diagnosed me from sitting behind a desk with a disease called " REITERS SYNDROME" He gave me a two week dose of Tetracycline. At the time doctors still were unfamiliar with reiters and to what the cause was. I just recently found out that reiters is a symptom of chlamydia . This I found out after writing a letter to David Wheldon. If not for the reply from David W I would still be in the dark as to what was going on. Chuck, Thanks for your letter. There is quite a lot of evidence that Reiter's Disease is caused by chlamydia; it should be responsive to the same antibiotic combinations. The antibiotic webpages are made to allow simple treatment; you just have to follow them. The combination of doxycycline and rifampicin (with metronidazole later added) seems to be very effective against chlamydiae. best wishes, David A trip back to my Doctor with some questions about Reiters and how could this be related to chlamydia because I had been tested for chlamydia when this all started over twenty years ago. We went through my files and sure enough there it was , a chlamydia test but to my surprise showed that I tested positive for chlamydia. I don’t know what happened but some how this report got filed with out me ever being told that I had tested positive. All these years I was taking a low dosage of Erythromycin to keep this so called Reiters at bay .My doctor insists he must have told me but I know for a fact he didn’t because I always mentioned to him that I thought my problems were related to sex. He wasn’t the only Doctor that was in the dark about Reiters , for years I had seen numerous Doctors and when I told them I was taking anti-biotics for Reiters their reply was always “ what is reiters syndrome ?” I ended up having two urethral dialations and developed chronic lower back problems. No one ever put the two together as being of the same source. I also developed chronic problems with my wrists and other joints. I always believed the problems were linked to the so called reiters but doctors always had some other reasons for my problems. They would suggest that I go have surgery for carpal- tunnel but I always refused , knowing in the back of my mind what was causing my problems. Now they call it fiber myalgae I now have been on Wheldons proto call with doxycycline , rifampin and metronidazole for just over seven months now . Wow ! what a difference. The chronic fatigue had gotten so bad that a trip down the basement stairs would lead to a fifteen- minute nap before I could get back up the stairs. I was reading all the information about M.S as I thought I was heading down that path. I have since had a M.R.I and was found to have no lesions . I was surprised because I had started the treatment before the M.R.I and was having a worsening of all the symptoms. (spastic legs and arms, blurred vision ,twitching in my left eye , problems swallowing , over heating, it was as if someone was turning a switch on and off , ringing ears, I even went through the same experience as Wheldons wife with the distant sound of machinery. That was bizarre , I jumped out of bed looking out the window to see what was going on, only to find there was nothing outside. Treatment is quite confusing at times , just when you think things have settled down and you are getting back to normal , you hit another round of metronidazole and things seem to start all over again. I have had days where the metro dosent seem to be to bad and then I have had days where three days feels like a life time. I think I have gone through symptoms of porphyria.( chest pain , muscle cramps ,depression,blisters on my feet, itching, abdominal pain and sensitivity to sun.) I have also noticed a itchy spot behind my right ear is healing up. This bothered me for years. My right shoulder which has given me troubles for years, kind of comes and goes with bouts of the metro. I continue to go through spurts of large joint pain . I went through a period of two weeks where I could hardly walk. When I first started the treatment I developed tingling in my forehead which lasted for months, this has just started to subside over the last few months. Over all I know I am getting better with every passing day. I was off work for about three months and have been back to work since February 04 . I am still struggling with doctors to treat the rest of my family as I believe they are all suffering from this bug . Tests have come back showing high levels of CPN but doctors seem to be lost as to what to do.