Second Year Appointment At Vanderbilt
I just had my second year appointment at Vanderbilt yesterday. It is unbelievable to me that I have been at this for two whole years! In some ways it seems like I have been doing this protocol longer because it is just part of my daily routine. On the other hand, it seems like I was just there for my initial appointment a few months ago!
The new location truly is the "Vandermall" as Kim calls it. They took a large part of a mall and retrofitted it into not only the MS clinic, but other specialties as well. It is an incredible place and unlike all other clinics that I have been to, I found it patient-friendly and relaxing.
Now to the MS part: I had an MRI done this past January of both brain and spine. The comparison was an MRI that I had done exactly one year ago and again of brain and spine. The only difference is that the MRI machine this year is a more powerful machine (in other words-better). Dr. S spent a long time comparing the two, going back and forth. The result is that there is no progression found at all. This is great news to me, although it is as I expected. Symptomatically I feel that I have improved since last year. And when Dr. S. compared his notes from last year to how I presented this year he concluded the same. I no longer experience dizzyness, my vision is good (no double vision), slight nystagmus, walking speed is good.
Dr. S said that I need to come back in a year, rather than 6 months as has been in the past. He wants me to continue the protocol for another year and then at that time we will consider going on intermittent. The only change is that I increase the Tindamax dosage from 250 mg to 500 mg and increase from 7days out of a month to 10 days out of a month. All other treatment to remain the same.
I am very pleased with how this is all going.