Don't beat yourself up JSL, what you did was amazing, and I'm so happy that we finally found some doctors who were willing to do some extreme tests for you, and all of us. The knowledge we have gained will help us on our road to discover what is actually going on.
Your personal discovery shows a great sign to be honest. At least we DON'T have a virus (well most of us most likely do not). So that means that the body IS going to be able to heal itself. We just have to figure out if there is anything we can do to aid the body in healing so the leave it alone method doesn't have to take so long (if it works for us). But you did say that your EC came back less persistant than before when you were using the cream, so maybe it will help you heal faster with the next treatment you do.
If you do decide to leave the forum, I wish you the best and it was a pleasure knowing you, and I am so glad we at least have some additional information on this condition. The information is key to figuring out how to solve this, and just because the doctors weren't able to find and answer so quickly doesn't mean that there isn't an answer...but I hope you stick around and chat with us either way :)
Let see if we have any more progress with these other creams and my theory...in March it will be one year and I hope to have some great results by that time...because this honestly is my last option and hope to beat this thing once and for all...