Asthma and long-term antibiotic treatment

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Gazelle562
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   Posted 7/21/2007 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I was reading this site the other day:
 
The theory is that about half of all asthma cases are caused by the bacteria chlamydia pneumoniae and can be treated with long-term antibiotics. This sounded particularly interesting to me because my "asthma" started with a bad chest cold several years ago that led to bronchitis and just sort of never fully went away. This, combined with the fact that asthma does not run in my family, makes me wonder if this theory could actually be true and there is some lingering bacterial infection I've just never fully gotten rid of. Has anyone ever tried, or known someone who tried, this long-term antibiotic treatment?

tory2457
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   Posted 7/22/2007 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
good for you!

As I logged out I noticed you post and had to respond!

I have MS and I also found that the cause of my MS was an infection! I have Lyme disease and Chlamydia pneumoniae.

Continue reading and educating yourself on this very connection.

Steroids btw, is the bacteria's food source!!!...Steriods are the first things lyme doctors stop.

Reading the cpnhelp.org site is invaluable!

the best and good health,
tory

Gazelle562
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   Posted 7/22/2007 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
tory2457 said...
good for you!

As I logged out I noticed you post and had to respond!

I have MS and I also found that the cause of my MS was an infection! I have Lyme disease and Chlamydia pneumoniae.

Continue reading and educating yourself on this very connection.

Steroids btw, is the bacteria's food source!!!...Steriods are the first things lyme doctors stop.

Reading the cpnhelp.org site is invaluable!

the best and good health,
tory
So were you able to find a doctor who would treat you with long-term antibiotics for your MS and Lyme? Has it helped?

tory2457
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   Posted 7/22/2007 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
yes, I found a lyme literate doctor....had an IgeneX test done along with lots of blood work and with MRI's in hand along with my MS symptoms; am now treating with long term antibiotics and feeling sooooo much better!

Gazelle562
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   Posted 7/22/2007 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
tory2457 said...
yes, I found a lyme literate doctor....had an IgeneX test done along with lots of blood work and with MRI's in hand along with my MS symptoms; am now treating with long term antibiotics and feeling sooooo much better!
Wow. That's great to hear!
After reading that site I'm really worried things will only get worse if I don't get it treated. Many believe asthma is an autoimmune disorder like rhumatoid arthritis, MS, Chron's disease, etc., and those who have one are more prone to develop another. After reading that site it seems these "autoimmune" disorders could really be bacterial infections that, over time, spread to other parts of the body and appear to be different disease. That's kind of scary because that makes me think if I don't get it treated I'll eventually end up with RA or MS or something else. As if asthma alone wasn't enough of a problem.  sad
 
How did you go about finding an open-minded, informed doctor? Those seem hard to come by.

tory2457
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   Posted 7/24/2007 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   

I agree, finding an open minded doctor who peeks outside of "conventional" treatment are hard to find.

As I began reading about the infectious cause of my MS I found lymenet.org. They offer a section called Seeking a Doctor. The kind folks there will offer names of doctors in your area.

This group of doctors will at the least test you for lyme disease by labs that specialize in Tick-Borne Diseases.. no testing is completely reliable, and the ELISA titer is a very insensitive way to test. The CDC states that on their website..A clinical diagnosis is necessary in conjunction with test results!

I used to believe that my MS was an auto immune disease too, but know longer. Gone are the days when I won't take a vitamin like Echinacea to overstimulate my immune system. Now I take all those very "stimulating" vit/min to help "support" the fight my immune system is really in.

and personally, gone are the days of taking Steroids...something I always knew were harmful. When being faced with a disease without a cure, and was offered only the "hope" of recurrance; I made a decision to take control of my disease and look down a different path.

Auto-immune? that never made sense to me...Our immune systems are remarkable, and I think it's time we stop blaming them for doing a lousy job!

good luck,

tory

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