Hello there all!
YES, I'm in B.C. Canada, and I've been using antibiotic therapy off/on since April 2006. My GP (primary) was off sick for nine months, and everytime I had to go to doctor (Rx refills), I'd see a different doctor.
In April, I saw a doctor who sent me to a lyme disease doctor who gave me Mephron and Zithromax for three weeks, based on his belief that I had lyme disease. The tests came back negative. He sent me back to my GP and advised my doctor to send me to GI specialist and Infectious Disease doctor. OH!! I forgot to say that I was dx'd with FMS in 1999 and then just LAST WEEK my doctor (now back from sick leave) said "I think you have chronic fatigue syndrome too."
...that was April 2006. Then I saw a locum at my doctor's office (fill-in doc) who said he specialized in genetics/autoimmunity, and said he thought I had an autoimmune disease and gave me Zithromax 250 mg daily for two months (this was BEFORE dx'd w/ CFS)...(problem with me is that I keep getting sicker and sicker)...the antibiotics improved my bowel function (I have IBS too) and my overall functionality!!
But it was downhill after that...the infectious disease doctor said the chronic low grade fevers are "just part of you" and sent me back to my doctor. I asked him if he believed in fibromyalgia, and he just shook his head. So then...as my "horizontal days" (bedridden) increased and my husband and I got more frustrated, we asked my doctor about the antibiotic therapy. He said he was ambivalent about it, but sure, give it a try. In Sept/06, he prescribed Zithromax 250 mg daily for three weeks. I got really really sick...more debilitated and bedridden. We (husband and I) thought it was "herxheimer" reaction (you get worse before getting better)...anyway, fast forward to PRESENT...sicker and sicker and getting very depressed, doctor gave Rx for Zithromax again.
But now I'm just taking 125 mg every other day. My doctor doesn't know the protocol so we've been googling along (some days I don't have the strength to fix the covers on the bed...forget trying to open a 7.8 lb laptop!!)...
So after battling fibromyalgia for six years, now I'm told I have CFS, too. I'm not surprised, but my doctor didn't say specifically what he is basing his dx on -- aside from the worsening chronic fatigue and the chronic 'high end' low-grade fevers (most days). It's very depressing watching the world pass you by when you're in bed day after day watching meaningless TV. I just hope others out there are doing better than ME and get improvement from antibiotic therapy!!
Take good care everyone, don't lose hope and let me know how you're doing! ...hugs, Carrie (sorry for the disjointed post...first time on computer in days and days)...