Of all the problems with Multiple Sclerosis it was a dark day when I lost Dr. Pepper!
At the beginning of this exacerbation, about 6 weeks ago now, I noticed that Dr. Pepper was making my hands stiff, and Cherry Coke, etc. At first I suspected I was having an allergic reaction which was causing my problems, and possibly worsening the MS. After having identical problems with a single piece of chocolate, and other items, it became clear it was caffeine causing the problem.
Talking to the neurologist he hadn’t heard specifically of caffeine causing problems, but he listed off another drug that he used to prescribe for acute motor issues that would greatly exacerbate any sensory issues (and no I have no idea what the drug was). He thought that the CNS stimulant aspect of caffeine was causing a similar problem, but not doing any damage. Good that there is no damage, but bad that it causes problems. At this point, as I heal, the caffeine/Dr. Pepper has a lesser impact (on the rare times I consume it), but the negative is that somewhere along the line it is causing a bit of dizziness, and a sense of mental disconnect (worse when I am tired, which is easy without caffeine). I am happy that I am no longer a slave to the DP, but I am sure that I will get sucked back into the caffeine slavery at some future point when I am fully out of the exacerbation, and not having the side-effects (and I’m sure eriksgirl will want to kill me for that ;-).