...but I'd like to make doubly sure it has so it doesn't get lost in the future, since I only found this while looking for something totally different.
It seems to try to corroborate something I'd hoped was just a silly worry of mine, namely that since Mycoplasma can steal proteins from the surface of host cells during the process of attempting to fuse with them, that the immune system in the course of making antibodies to Mycoplasma, may be making antibodies to our own proteins, making it a possible source of autoimmune disorders (whereas other infections may be able to cause autoimmune disorders simply because their own proteins may closely resemble ours so that antibodies may recognize both their proteins and ours, known as "molecular mimicry").
"The similarity between the compositions of M. pneumoniae and human cell membranes can also result in autoimmune responses in several organs and tissues.... Extrapulmonary symptoms such as autoimmune responses, central nervous system complications, and dermatological disorders have been associated with M. pneumoniae infections in up to 25% of cases."
Reference: Waites, Ken B.; Talkington, Deborah F. (2004). "Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Its Role as a Human Pathogen". Clin. Microbiol. Rev. 17 (4): 697–728. doi:10.1128/CMR.17.4.697-728.2004. PMC 523564.
Most recently one of the reasons I've had to give more thought to Mycoplasma infections is that Mycoplasma may be a candidate for a cause of some cases of Tourette's, which I'm currently being treated for (still with mixed results), even if Streptococcal infection might be a more likely cause of many cases of tics or Tourette's.
I've also been reading a few things about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease) that may be suggestive of the presence and participation of Mycoplasma, whatever the cause may be. I don't have the details in front of me at the moment, but I do believe there were several nominations of Mycoplasma for this role reported in medical or scientific journals, based on findings of Mycoplasma infection in some patients.
It's a shame that Mycoplasma infections probably remain a fairly obscure subject. Hard telling yet just what all Mycoplasma may end up assuming some responsibility for.
I don't expect anyone else to figure out my problems for me, I don't even think there is a solution, but I feel like I'm going crazy not having anyone to talk to about them.We're almost to the end of the divorce - I think the courts are awarding me some money but she has six months to pay it, and so far the judge is talking about giving me 30 days to move out, and I still won't have enough money...
Have had severe panic attacks every day about my job for the last 3 weeks. I am trying to get a therapist but I don't know if my insurance will cover it and talking on the phone gives me anxiety but this is really not sustainable..I get up, panic, fight it off long enough to make it into work and then spend the day intermittently crying and panicking in the bathroom until it's time to go home and...