Antibiotics and Fibromyalgia

Discussion in 'General Health & Wellness' started by chanel95, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. chanel95

    chanel95 New Member

    I have had a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia for some 20 years. Two years ago I was hospitalised for a week through Accident and Emergency for stomach pains. I was put on intravenous Penicillin (Amoxicillin) and Metronyzadole. My Fibromyalgia disappeared. I couldn't quite take it in, and asked my GP what was going on. She didn't know. I had never had a complete remission before, despite numerous conventional and alternative therapies. I felt like I had before I'd become ill. This lasted for just under 3 months. Then the old symptoms started to return, though I tried to tell myself they weren't. Energy levels dipped again, and muscular aching and stiffness returned, along with a general malaise.
    In December 2011 I was given identical antibiotics at the same dosage for a severe gum infection following an extraction. The same thing happened; I simply became 'well'.I was astounded. Now, in the Middle of March 2012 my symptoms have started to return. My doctor has logged it again, but says that the underlying mechanism is unlikely to be identified in my life time. The first time it happened I asked to see a consultant at a major London hospital to discuss it. This happened, but no further light could be shed on what had taken place. Any similar experiences? By the way, I have been on other antibiotics (Doxycycline for example) for other things and nothing happened whatsoever.
  2. Nanie46

    Nanie46 Moderator

    Hi,

    It is very possible that your symptoms are caused by one or more chonic infections.

    Those particular antibiotics that helped you at those dosages may have been bacteriostatic towards the bacteria. In other words, that dose was enough to quiet the infection enough that the symptoms susbided, but not enough to completely kill it.

    After the antibiotics were stopped, the infection(s) continued to grow again until your symptoms appreared again.

    Perhaps the doxy was either not effective against the particular bacteria, or the dose was not large enough or it was not prescribed for a long enough period of time to be effective.

    This is a common story with people who have chronic undiagnosed infections such as Borrelia (Lyme disease), Bartonella, Babesia, Mycoplasma, Ehrlichia, etc.

    Bartonella is a very common infection that can be spread by fleas, cats, ticks, etc.

    Unfortunately, standard testing for Lyme and other tick-borne infections can be very unreliable. A negative test should never rule out Lyme.

    I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1987. In 2009, I discovered that the aching, stiffness, sleep problems, fatigue, etc were really all symptoms of Lyme and common coinfections like Bartonella.

    I have been treating with a Lyme literate MD for 3 years and getting better.

    Please carefully read this info:


    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



    Symptom list pages 9-11, and info about infections like Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia, etc on pages 22-27:

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



    Here is info about a new Lyme Culture test that is supposed to be accurate:


    http://www.prohealth.com/library/showArticle.cfm?libid=16624&site=articles


    There is a Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Message Board here that you may want to post on. Just go to the drop down menu to find it.

    I hope you get some answers and get better.









    [This Message was Edited on 03/21/2012]