I think the Valtrex escapade raised inflammation, in particular in the bowel, including spots that appeared in the pubis/groin (Varicella Zoster Virus?) and a new episode of the Irritatable Bowel Syndrome.
I had seen these same spots just after diagnosis, now some 10 years ago but they disappeared after a while.
And the Irritatable Bowel Syndrome came back that had been with me already for many years before the diagnosis with MS.
This IBS disappeared, completely unexpectedly, when I followed a low fat diet (Swank) for half a year or so around 2008, and it stayed away.
And from experience, this period of low fat was the only episode in my entire "MS career" that my walking distance improved.
I gave up on Swank late 2008 which is probably the most stupied thing I ever did.
I had completely forgotten about all these things but now they came back, again completely unexpectedly.
This was not activated in the head; this is not brain – bowel, this is bowel – brain.
In this same context, I am beginning to believe that our stress (our poor stress handling) may also be caused by the oxidative stress, in other words, that the mechanism works in the other direction also here, that the tensed up shoulder is the result of the biological processes in the body.
And that it all starts in our biological center, that its very inception lies in our gut, and that our brains are in principle no more than a lump of fat. Of course, that lump of fat can do magical things when we listen to Beethoven's 9th Symphony, but biologically it remains in essence a lump of fat.
And that the link between brain and bowel has been grossly exagerated (with the HPA axis etc as secondary mechanisms but now you probably say this guy has turned completely nuts..)
I think now that the anti-viral medication may have triggered a re-activation of the virus, in the gut and the lower body, clearly with effects elsewhere where the virus and the immune complexes do their destructive work.
I had problems with balance, eyes, lower consciousness which fortunately all disappeared after a month; but disability progression continued, may have accelerated...
This is why the bacterial therapy recently reported here on TIMS may bring people back in remission, the bacteria are the enemy of the virus.
I also think that control over MS requires first and above all a resurrection of the immune system, and this is first and above all in the gut!
When I googled on gut immune system and satured fats, I found this article that may be central to MS and many other immune diseases: http://www.uchospitals.edu/news/2012/20 ... lkfat.html
Fermented foods may be critical too to help restore a healthy gut flora (look at the work of Natasha Campbell).
This Valtrex escapade and the above link also remind me of the story of my farther.
When he was around 65 years old, he was limping a bit with his right leg, had problems with his knee.
I can still see him come into the kitchen and seek support with his hands from the door or the wall; a bit like I am doing now (I am 58).
He never had MS, was diagnosed with diabetes 2, retired from his farm, started his diet (no sugar, no coockies..), Metformin..
His problems disappeared, dissolved, I guess without anyone being aware.
When he was 80 years old he walked fine, 10 kms or so.
At 83, after a period of severe stress, he had 3 attacks of what looked like Meniere.
Autoimmune behind the left ear, where I had a main stenosis.
He is now 87 years old, in good health where his diabetes 2 diet and in particular to refrain from coockies/bad fats (inevitably he did it for the sugar) must have preserved his health.
This reminds me of the British study posted here recently on bad fats.
[ http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInfor ... erID=28741
you find the full pdf by clicking just below the title]
I think we will see strong parallels of this study with the study under the above link.
In any event, for now I go back to the Swank diet as the only way to stop progression, I think for me it works.
And no coockies is part of that.
Also sauerkraut (fermented food) has a strong positive effect on my gut, I know this.
Recently an experienced dietist pointed me to the 4th generation supplements for the gut microbiota [Norgitan]; that may be a possibility too but when I took other gut microbiota supplements last time, they had an adverse effect..
I am ready to try anti-viral medication again (Valtrex, raltegravir/anti-HIV) under control of a good clinical trial.
And, with Scott, after other things/viruses have been excluded.