I too was diagnosed with MS in 2009. Was treated with IV Solu-medrol in the hospital and got SIGNIFICANTLY worse afterward. Neurologist after Neurologist diagnosed me with MS. I had this nagging suspicion they were missing something. I could "feel" something in my body... hard to describe, but it was a nagging suspicion I couldn't shake. After a failed attempt down the CCSVI road, I decided to reexamine my "diagnosis". I went to the National Institutes of Health, who also confirmed the MS diagnosis. I started the CRAB's, even though I still wasn't convinced. The MS diagnosis had too many holes in it.
Last year, my older sister started having neurological problems and found out she had Lyme disease. I went to an Infectious Disease doc who advised me that Lyme and MS are almost indistinguishable. She started me on a course of Doxycycline, and I had the typical reaction for someone with Lyme disease (an increase in symptoms). This only lasted for a few weeks, and I've been getting better ever since. I got a second opinion from an Integrative doc who also confirmed the Lyme diagnosis. So even though I fit the criteria for MS by the accepted medical standards, I in fact, had an untreated case of Lyme. Keep in mind I had tested negative for Lyme 7 times before I began treatment. An educated Infectious disease doc will treat based on clinical symptoms, not just the lab tests (which aren't worth even the copay people spend on them).
There's a huge debate among many as the validity of the current tests and their accuracy. A great article on MSNBC came out the other day on this epidemic. you can access it here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41973641/ns ... _diseases/
. I guess everyone has to make their own decision with regard to treatment. there's also a group of MS'ers on here that treat successfully with an antibiotic protocol. You can find it under the "Antibiotics" forum. If you need any other info, feel free to PM me.