Jan 192015
 

The Neuro thinks I need to be on a medication and it should be an Interferon. It should be fairly well established what I think of the Interferon class as a whole. In the office we got off on a slight tangent when Eriksgirl stated that they do not even know how the Interferons work. His response was because you do not know does not mean I do not know. Normally I would agree but on what level is this drug working? Furthermore, I have to come back to my older post that they just do not work.

I guess I should be fair the Neuro is equally OK with Copaxone. Unfortunately I know very little about Copaxone, and I am not really interested in finding out any more. 🙁

Aubagio

The box for Aubagio looks like birth control piils. Maybe as a warning NEVER GET PREGNANT WHILE USING!

Interestingly the Neuro is categorically against all available oral medications. His reasons was not that they are not effective it was that none of them is safe, and this is from a doctor for there is a time and place for Tysabi. He does, and has, prescribe the medication with varied results. I cannot remember all the oral drug names so forgive me. One patient he was treating the oral drug was

causing stomach issues and I think sleep issues. He did not say the drug killed her, but it did not help. Then of course the death with Gilenya, and if I recall correctly that happened on dose #2 after the supervised dose went fine. I believe the drug Aubagio was of special note because it carries a pregnancy Class X for men too. He said he would never prescribe Aubagio to a male and never to a female before menopause.

Long before this visit Eriksgirl wanted us to go on a gluten free diet. She is sure I would feel better. I agreed that if I ate better I am sure I would feel better. Eating better should help regardless of what I am suffering from, MS and or Lyme. She then purchased The Wahls Protocol which at this point I have only flipped though (and it scared me :-). Good news is the Walhs diet is clinically proven to help with MS, but do not ask me how much because I have not read that part. Eriksgirl, who looked at the book more than I have, agreed we should not start there, that was like jumping way into the deep end of the pool (can I swim?) but we should start with the paleo diet instead. I agreed and we have a friend who has had to be on a paleo diet for a while now, former vegetarian, and it fixed her problem, related to carbs I think, and in the minimum she is a good resource. The thought is the paleo is a segway to Wahls. One baby step at a time. 🙂

A couple addendum here. I will try not to post images of what I am eating. I am not on Facebook, but I hear that is a thing. I also told Eriksgirl that if we are going to get a blender for this new diet it cannot be a Vitamix because the blenders have a cult following. I do not want to be in the Vitamix cult. I think a Blendtec, etc. would be more than adequate. I know a blender sounds weird but Eriksgirl has Vitamix friends, I will not join. 😉

Jan 162014
 

Apparently a recurring theme here. As my personal diet leaves a lot to be desired, health wise :-), maybe I should try one of these out. This one comes via my mother-in-law’s doctor who inadvertently brought this diet up again (Wow, two years!). The doctor she works for is ex-OB/GYN and has turned into a functional medicine doctor (I had to look up what that was). On a funny note my mother-in-law’s son now thinks she is working for a witch.

She recommends Dr. Terry Wahls for the treatment of MS, also a functional medicine doctor. Briefly looking at her website she made a remarkable recovery from her wheelchair and secondary progressive MS. She now has her own protocol for curing/treating multiple sclerosis which is the Wahls Protocol. Reading about the Wahls Protocol it appears to mostly be the Paleo Diet. On a positive note you can try out the plan and see if it works for you.

As I said in the previous post on this: Tis the season to go on a diet. Good luck

Jan 022012
 

I had a similar post here. After watching the video I will have to revisit my position I made earlier on diet and MS. I recently got an email about healing MS with diet and put it off. I got around to it today and it is a TED presentation. I like TED presentations because unlike reality TV you do not feel like less of a person when you are done. Unfortunately for me and my typical American diet I watched this after a lunch of pizza and Coke and I began to wonder what am I doing to myself. Tis the season for new years resolutions.

Here is the link to the article I was sent. It includes the video and expands on the diet idea. It also includes some ideas that even I can not go along with (e.g. childhood trauma. Sure I did not get that one great toy I wanted for Christmas, but I do not think it is causing me problems now).