Crohn's Disease

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Bowel inflammation

Digestive system improvements?

I'm feeling like being a little vague about this, but you guys should get it:

My digestive system tends to run... umm... "fast". Food moves through me too quickly and isn't digested all that well, especially fibrous stuff like raw veggies, etc.

Going on these antibiotics has not helped that.

Have any of you started with those sorts of symptoms, or maybe even developed them from the abxi, then got better?

I am taking some super-potent probiotics, but they have never really helped this.  Rather, I just want to protect against the abxi.


Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Does anyone suffer from an inflammatory bowel disease?  If you haven't seen it there is a new sister site of ThisisMS<, called ThisisIBD<  It uses the same format, but is obviously in the very early stages, because no body has posted in the forums yet. Described as "A bowel disease community with a scientific focus on potential treatments", it has the following introduction to the site:

How IBD Feels

Normally our stories cover breaking news regarding research in the world of inflammatory bowel disease, and the implications of that research on our lives. However, a recent human interest story on Mike McCready of the American mega-band Pearl Jam-- and a Crohn's sufferer-- had what we felt was an extremely interesting nugget in it. In this interview, McCready provided an evocative and concise description of what living with IBD is like that we thought might be useful in describing the disease to friends and loved ones.

Essential Observations by Dr. Charles Stratton on Chlamydia Pneumoniae Infection and Disease

I am very excited to present the following article that summarizes Dr. Stratton's recent observations on Chlamydia pneumoniae infection. Putting it together has contributed greatly to my own understanding of Cpni as well as to my appreciation of Dr. Stratton's generosity with his time, and his great depth of knowledge of this area. Thanks to him for his contribution.

Jim K

Recent observations by Dr

Recent observations by Dr. Charles Strattoni on Chlamydia Pneumoniae (Cpn) Infection

CPn as a cause of recurrent optic neuritis in a twelve year old boy

CPni as a cause of recurrent optic neuritis in a twelve year old boy.<

Pohl D, Rostasy K, Gieffers J, Maass M, Hanefeld F.
Department of Paediatrics and Paediatric Neurology, Georg August University Gottingen, Germany.

It has been suggested that Chlamydia pneumoniae (C. pneumoniae) is involved in the pathogenesis of diverse diseasesi of the central nervous system (CNSi), including multiple sclerosis. We report the case of a 12-year-old male with isolated recurrent optic neuritis and an associated CNS infection with C. pneumoniae. The patient presented with three attacks of optic neuritis within 5 months. A positive polymerase chain reaction for C. pneumoniae in the cerebrospinal fluid led to the diagnosis of a CNS infection with C. pneumoniae. After treatment with the antibiotic rifampicin, he experienced no further attacks during the follow-up period of 6 years. These findings suggest the possibility of a C. pneumoniae infection as a contributing factor or even causative event for the development of optic neuritis.

Dev Med Child Neurol. 2006 Sep;48(9):770-2.

PMID: 16904026 [PubMed - in process]

I thought this was interesting because optic neuritis is the first symptom of so many people with MSi..........Sarah

Started the Wheldon regime in August 2003, due to very aggressive SPMSi.  Moved to intermittent therapy after one year.  In May 2006 still take this, two weeks every two months.  EDSSi was about 7, now less than 2.

An Itinerary in Light and Shadow  Berger.

Diseases associated with Cpn: the exhaustive list

I have culled from Mitchell & Stratton patent #6,884,784 an exhaustive list of diseasesi where Cpni has been implicated as a possible cause or co-factor (reference: Mitchell & Stratton patent #6,884,784):

Diseases where an association has been discovered between chronic Chlamydia infection of body fluids and/or tissues with several disease syndromes of previously unknown etiology in humans which respond to unique antichlamydial regimens include:

Editorial comment: Strong findings from their research. If you have any of these it suggests to me that at least an empirical course of the combination antibiotic therapy is strongly indicated, with or without serologyi.

Multiple Sclerosis (MSi)
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Interstitial Cystitisi (IC)
Fibromyalgiai (FM)
Autonomic nervous dysfunction (AND neural-mediated hypotension);
Pyoderma Gangrenosum (PG)
Chronic Fatigue (CF) and Chronic Fatigue Syndromei (CFSi).

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