Big Picture Science – Blame it on Bacterio: John Raeside

by Gary Niederhoff on November 14, 2011


Part 1 of Blame it on Bacterio, featuring John Raeside, his wife, Frances Raeside, and Jennifer Kate Arnold, infectious Disease Clinic, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, imparting the tale of John’s bout with a mysterious disease.
(TRT 6:30)

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avatar Denenne Cavanagh November 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Hi Big Picture Science Gang,

Whilst working at IBM in Australia, I had a homo blastocystitis (I think that is what it is called) infection – which the doctors eventually said I must have caught from someone who had been on an overseas trip (although apparantly it is a common bacteria). I had to fight for the doctors to believe – I had it for years and ended up getting to the point where I was so paranoid, couldn’t even sip water and was shaking so much I literally could not sit still or sleep. After 5 visits to docs and 2 visits to hospital only to be told I must have depression (because I had wrongly admitted to having had it in my teens and early 20′s), I finally took 3 courses of antibiotics. Then I contracted Ross River Fever virus, then Glandular Fever and it was another 6 year fight with doctors not finding anything wrong with me (except seeing Ross River and Glandular Fever in blood tests), but finally I have fabulous doctor and exercise physiologist who help me. I have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and an arrythmia. These things aren’t bad but a big bloody pain in the arse – I had to stop work and some days could hardly move and my finances not looking good. However I am getting better, on the right medication – a beta blocker and Cymbalta and anti-depressent for pain and to help my mood – and life is pretty hunky dory. Lack a bit of understanding from people but everyone has trials and tribulations in life and I have a sister who has gone through breast cancer and a nephew who has gone through kidney transplant and it is about finding flexible solutions to manage your condition. Appreicated this story as it shows how much bacteria can affect your body and you should always search for the cause so that you can find a solution. I guess sometimes you can find a solution without indentifying a cause but solving the problem can be a bit of a lucky dip process.

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