You wrote about hormones:
I'm intrigued but don't know what to do about it.
I was intrigued too and still am. I didn't know what to do about it either. It's been quite the challenge and quite the education.
Briefly, I’m using 8 mg of estriol (based on the Phase I trial at UCLA) and trying to achieve “physiologically balanced hormone levels” of estradiol, estriol, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone and cortisol.
I used saliva rather than serum testing to assess my hormone levels. Based on these results, a health care practitioner provided recommendations about how to proceed on the road to “balanced hormone levels”. Specific prescriptions and/or possible steps to take are totally dependent on your individual test results.
Since only one of the hormones I had tested was within the normal range, I started reading about all of them. So far it seems like research exists to at least suggest that cortisol, DHEA, estradiol, estriol, melatonin, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid, and Vitamin D 3 (all hormones) could be factors in the MS disease process and/or treatment. Collectively they also seem to possess anti-inflammatory, immuno-modulatory, myelin maintenance and repair and/or neuroprotective properties.
Since research by necessity must focus on each of these separately rather than collectively, (and I sure don’t have time for that
) I decided “hormone balancing” might be a way to help manage my MS.
Besides the circumstance you mentioned, if 90% of people with RRMS eventually become SPMS, you have to ask yourself what drops with age besides hormones? They drop in women and men.
I hope this helps a little bit. Since we’ve strayed way off the topic of depression, I’ll pm you with more information.