Thanks, andy! Yes, I am curious to see if there is any good link between antibiotics & this disease!
They are very tricky! They can save lives, they have their place and time, and for sure they've done so much good in this world, but unfortunately, they are also prescribed very often to acute conditions and in situations where they are not needed!
Interesting! I too remember that I was kind of lightly into this disease, but after coming down with flu/cold (temperature, headaches, fatigue, and everything else) I was prescribed antibiotics! Soon after that, in about 2 weeks or so my ME/CFS got worse and I could not function anymore, had to stop the part-time job I had back then and every day was a struggle...and it still is...
Most people take antibiotics every year, so I doubt you will come up with useful results here. IMO it would make more sense to ask for the specific antibiotic classes like penicillines, tetracyclines, fluorochinolones etc. I would suspect a higher complication rate with flurochinolones compared to other abx.
I took Doxycycline daily for a period of 6 months (as a malarial prophylactic) a year or two prior to ME/CFS symptoms arriving. I've always wondered what damage might have been done by such a sustained period on Doxy. Is anyone aware of any on-going medical research seeking to identify how antibiotic use/overuse might create a susceptibility to ME/CFS (presumably only in people with other predispositions to it, given that millions of people use antibiotics relatively frequently without suffering ME/CFS)? I'd be interested to follow any research that's out there. Thanks.
I have been on antibiotics for 2 1/2 years on the Wheldon protocol with slow steady improvement in physical strength, endurance and continuing nerve damage reversal. The first 6 months were brutal -worse pain and weakness but noticed nerve damage reversal in several areas so I continued. This disease was wrecking my body - as I had clinical signs of Parkinson's( cogwheel rigidity) before the treatment but that has disappeared.