I wrote in my last post that the doctor switched me from Bactrim to Levaquin when the second course of Bactrim failed to bring the prostatitis under control. I was prescribed a 10 day course of Levaquin.
On about the 8th day of the Levaquin treatment, my symptoms were still mostly unchanged. I called the doctor again and he switched me to yet a third antibiotic: generic Omnicef (cefdinir). Again, he prescribed a 10 day course.
By about the second day of Omnicef treatment, I began to feel some relief. I'm about mid-day through the treatment now and I feel mostly normal "down there" -- maybe 95% of normal. But, at this stage, I can tell that some symptoms are still hanging around at a low level. I have the vague sense that if I stopped the antibiotics right now, the symptoms would come right back.
I am starting to realize based on my internet research and conversations with other patients that prostatitis can be very tricky and hard to kill. Sometimes it takes a month or two of antibiotics.
The good news is that, if you don't count the prostatitis, my overall health continues to be fairly good, as it was throughout the summer. My baseline health continues to rise at an almost imperceptibly slow rate. If it simply topped off right now and never got any better, I would probably count my blessings. My bigger concern would be relapse, so I am generally continuing with the pacing, supplements, and diet that (I think) got me here in the first place.