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Highest Order Swamp-Dweller

Taking Marie's admonition to heart I am reporting while measurable achievements are fresh.  That sentence being one of them to compare to a year ago.  Day 1 of my 18th pulse I began my daily pushups (only 10) and situps again.   I stopped these last year due to lack of interest and inability. I can only manage 10 situps but I'll get back to my old 25 soon I hope.   My run/walk was suspended for a few days (still suspended)..  Early in this pulse (day 2 or 3) I could only do 5/8 of a mile instead of a mile, and it took 20 minutes or so.  Now, on day 5 I am wobbly (to borrow a phrase) and not sleeping well in spite of taking 1 1/2 melatonin">i (I believe these are 300mcg pills) last night.  There is no doubt that for about 10 days my body is at war and my mind is fuzzy - as opposed to foggy.  In other words, do not be alarmed at regression during pulses- the rewards are huge but not instantaneous.

The March of Cpn out of my system?

While the myalgia I initially experienced seems to have calmed down.  It appears my chronic sinusitusi has flared up in full force.

If I am not experiencing complete congestion, I axperience a constant burning post-nasal drip which burns the back of my throat.  I know I am clearning the organism but whish it could be more comfortable.

In the olden days, I would have used pseudofed or an antihistamine.  Not sure what to do here.

By way of Hx.  It was chronic sinusitus and feelings of dizziness, fatigue and disorientatation that first sent me for an MRI.  It turned out to have multiple demyelinationi in al lthose MS type spots.   Two years later I got my first undeniable attack.

I am also sleeping up to 12 hours a day.  The sinusitus used to force me to take naps but this is becoming a way of life.  I took time off from my job because I was falling alseep behind my desk. 

MRI Results

Results from MRI no. 5 Jan. 21.2006   -  "no worse- stable- WOW" This was on the report from my doctor.  I spoke only to the nurse.   This is 6 months after no. 4  and is news that any PPMSi patient of 10 years would probably be thrilled to hear but I admit to hoping for a really earthshattering statement but this is good progress and we should all be satisfied that an important marker is noted.    For myself I must remember that Sarah went 2 years, I believe, before  HER earthshattering marker.   The main thing is physical progress which goes by mostly forward bounds with a good dampening  during Flagyli.  We will likely accept the offer of the local radiologist (he is actually a rotating radio.) to examine all 5 and see if he embellishes any.  Apparently not even this happens in PPMS cases like mine.    Remember, last month my neuroi said MS lesions never go away.  Sarah has already proven that is wrong.  I would appreciate any comments David has.

OK, supplements then. Diet as well.

My doctor's completed his research for the time being. Conclusions: I am to follow the Stratton Protocol (V.7), as far as diet/supplementsi, skip Wed's Zithi, and take Friday's.

Added a scrip for xanax -- I said when asked that I felt anxious when I couldn't breathe right. Well, that's natural, right? I wonder how many people say, "Oh, no, I love it when I can't get my breath." Useless question.

 Dianna, though, agrees with the Dr. -- it's really that I don't breathe right when I feel anxious. Took a xanax last night; couldn't tell any difference, but I might not -- how do you know what might have been?

Anyway, as a gustatory experience it's right up there in the Flagyli class. I need to get some big capsules to stick the pill inside -- great suggestion, Jim!

Flagyl pulse over, finally

With any luck, I'll soon be able to sleep all night long sans aches. It's looking like I'm already recovering what abilities I'd lost recently. This is really good news :) Got a silly query, tho - I seem to be getting very cold lately. Any thoughts as to why?

My typing is fast returning to what I was doing about two weeks ago. Still working on getting my legs back. I'll be able to check that out after tomorrow, when I return this Goddess-forsaken new $5000 power seat I got yesterday, and get my old seat put back on. That'll let me stand up on my own again, and once that's back, I'll get back to roasting coffee. Vikki will really appreciate that. She's been stellar in helping me cope with all the cr*p that's happened in the last two weeks.

Pleased with my Doctor.

I am; he called me today and asked me to give him a little time to research before he recommended a course of action (following the wierdness of my 2nd dose of Zithi.) He said I could decide for myself, take the next dose or not.

I know, in a perfect world, he'd have the research all done. Of course, in a perfect world, we wouldn't need Doctors at all, would we?

It's great that:

  • he didn't try to snow me; he just went to get some more information
  • he allowed me to be a part of the decision process
  • he doesn't think he has to know everything about everything; but he's willing to find out
  • he's willing to try something out of the mainstream
  • he's actually interested in this whole problem 

It's so nice to find a Doctor that's willing to partner up like that.

distance running with CFS

I just ran 3 miles at the track in a new best, 21:03. Pretty good for a guy who used to be able to sit up in a chair for a few hours max. And this much improvement after only 2 weeks of antimicrobials! Just kidding, 15 months of em. I've eaten a quarter-kilogram of tinidazole since May.

For comparison, 8 years ago in high school, when I trained avidly for competition, before illness, I ran around 18:45.

I'll put up my whole illness and treatment history later.

2nd dose of azithromycin -- what's going on?

I have taken two doses of azithromycin, one on Fri. and one today (Mon.)

I am so lightheaded. First one of my ears feels hot, then the other one does. I am cold all over. All I ate for dinner was three Shredded Wheats and an orange and a grapefruit. (In Ron-food terms, this is about = to a slice of dry toast and half a cup of weak tea in people-food. I've always had an excellent appetite.)

 Is this herxing? Should I feel so odd? Am I not supposed to take a couple of handfuls of pills every couple hours on the Stratton protocol?

Ron 

Raise the Flag (yl)

This is a short blog entry about being under the influence of Flagyli.  The first 2 days when I measured my 1 mile run/walk it  was a thing of beauty!  My time was 4 minutes for each lap of 700 feet- today it was more than 5 for the 1st lap and I was VERY tired after 3 laps and 17 minutes and stopped.  I ran not 1 step!  It was only 8 hours after my 1st dose and 1 1/2 after my 2nd.  I have to write this now because at this rate I will forget how to write by tomorrow!!  See you later......

Rica 

A Quicky

I didn't think I would update this treatment blog so quickly--but I am excited to be able to! On Jan. 6th Jim started the doxyi and had minor reactions (quick fatigue, sinuses more congested-really minor). He also noticed strange effects from upping his NACi-Joint pain, movement in sinuses, etc.

By the end of his first two weeks he said "I feel pretty good". That's a big stretch for my worst case scenerio, don't count your chickens until they're hatched kind a guy. On Jan 20th he took one zithro-Wow.

He had reactions that I honestly did not expect. Brain fog, he cried for no reason, he felt as if someone was trying to shut his eye lids. He had stabbing like eye pain in both eyes, severe neck pain--felt like heck in general. Gluttens for punishment, on Sunday, Jan.22 he took his second zithro. Even worse reaction---all the same symptoms and more. Today he woke with achiness in his shoulders,neck,chest and elbow and knees. These are complaints from someone who does not know specifically what reactions to expext (I've not shared all of the knowledge that you all have shared with me).

update

My hand is weak and clumsy thing today so this will be short. It's been 10 days of no spasticity meds for me. Last night I slept better than I can remember having slept with no spasms at all. None. Mind you, I have had some kind of spasticity med for most of my 15 years of MSi. Starting in 99 I have taken requip at bedtime and for the last 2 years I have tried to get off the stuff but the spasms were so bad I've not been able to. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW SIGNIFICANT IT IS TO NOT NEED THIS. IT IS A BIG BIG DEAL.
I am doing this for the newbies so they can see someone can have something after 4 months of not being sure. I also wanted to update so people can see I am still doing well, it was not a flash in the pan and a fluke of a day or two that went away and I quietly disappeared not saying about how I went back on the med. Nope. I do not need it and I feel better now two weeks after finishing flagyl 2 than I have in a long time.

The INH "Pink's"

Since I posted on the first couple days of herx from INHi, I have to say that today, only 6 days of 1/2 tablet, I had more energy and less brain fog than I've had for a while! I'm hesitant to say too much, since I know these spurts of energy can be short lived, but I actually found myself singing in the shower, with energy after shopping, eagerly reading and posting on the site here, having an intelligent conversation with my son. It's da bomb!

Stay tuned, I may crash tomorrow, but this day was sweet! 

Backsliding?

I ended up on the floor twice in the last 3 days, because my legs gave out quickly. Had to have the paramedics pick me up and put me back in my chair. Being disabled really sucks.

I've been seeing some backsliding on my recovery, not just in my legs but my hand too, so I'm back on the Flagyli again. Some good news is that the azithromycin I'll be using to replace the roxithromycin is now available as a generic, further cutting my med bills. That'll help quite a bit.

My power chair, Elspeth, is in the shop, getting a cool new seat. I'll get her back on Monday - till then, I'm driving a really cheesy loaner chair. It's nasty, uncomfortable, jerky, and has VERY limited battery capacity. I want Elspeth back.

The INH Blues

I haven't posted for a bit, and had a report all prepared of how I felt I'd turned a corner in the last couple months. Tonight, though, I'm "singin' the INHi blues..." having just hit day 3 of adding a half of a 300mg tab each day. I'm amazed that after a year on the protocol and 7 or 8 tinidazole pulses, I have such big inflammatory reactions to adding this more potent med. But it also makes it clear that there are tissues which have not been reached as well by my continuing doxyi/zithi/naci/tini combo, hence why my progress has been gradual, although steady.

 Some good news too. I just got back from a business trip overseas which I had also done in September '05. I clearly was doing better now than in September: less fatigue, less brain fog, more resiliency from travel, quicker adjustment to jet lag and time change. This prior to starting the INH, so I know it was the accumulated result of the doxy/zith/nac/tini combo.

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