Antibiotic Bactrim helping my fibromyalgia...possible misdiagnosis???

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia and ME & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' started by robotcat, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. robotcat

    robotcat New Member

    Hi there! Two and a half years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, though all of my symptoms had been going on undiagnosed for years before that. Last week I ended up in urgent care due to an infected breast abscess that appeared over night. The doctor prescribed bactrim for the infection, but unexpectedly the bactrim began helping my fibromyalgia pain and symptoms, and I feel about 50 percent better overall since last week (or since years ago actually...) and feeling better each day that I continue taking the bactrim. Strangely though I found out later this passed week that the culture they took from my breast had no signs of bad bacteria in it. I'm guessing that the test they took in urgent care though was pretty basic and didn't test for many of the infectious diseases that this could possibly be. I'm going to ask my doctor about getting tested for lyme and MRSA, does anyone on here have any other ideas of what might be going on here so that I can look into possibly getting tested for that as well? Or has this ever happened to anyone? Thanks! -lisa
  2. Nanie46

    Nanie46 Moderator

    I discovered after 21 years with a fibromyalgia diagnosis, that I had Lyme Disease, Bartonella and Rocky Mt Spotted Fever.

    It does sound likely that your symptoms are caused by an undiagnosed bacterial infection.

    Lyme, Bartonella, Ehrlichia, and Mycoplasma are some possibilities.

    Please keep in mind that Lyme testing is very unreliable, so do not rule out Lyme by just a negative Lyme test. Your Dr likely will not know that. Most Dr's do not understand chronic Lyme Disease.


    Here is some info about Lyme Disease:


    http://www.lymepa.org/Basics2007v1.2Rev.pdf


    http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/about_lyme.html


    http://www.prohealth.com/library/showArticle.cfm?libid=16301&B1=EG060111


    http://www.ilads.org/lyme_disease/B_guidelines_12_17_08.pdf
  3. deepak

    deepak Member

    I have also just started taking Bactrim DS 2 times a day along with albendazole and ivermectin - for parasites.

    :)
  4. IanH

    IanH Active Member

    I think Nanie46 is right. You should test for Lyme etc.

    Many antibiotics have an anti-inflammatory effect and can improve FM symptoms but Bactrim which is two antibiotics which act on the folate enzymes does not have an anti-inflammatory effect in this way. So in all likelihood you do have an infection which may be causing all of your FM symptoms.
  5. roge

    roge Member

    I believe many with FM are dealing with chronic stealth infections (bacteria, fungi and virus) so that is why an antibiotic could be helping you