I am a 64 year old male, and recently retired to Costa Rica, 2 years ago (when I bought a home here) I was almost fully functional, although I occasionally stumbled when walking.
I have been diagnosed with secondary progressive MS.
I now have almost no use of my right thigh and right hand.
It started in 2004 after a bout of aspartame poisoning.
I was drinking about a six pack of diet coke a day, and had been for way over a year. Symptoms started the first Saturday of February and changed almost daily until the Middle of March when they became pretty consistent. 4 seconds of numbness in my right cheek, followed by about 12-15 seconds of complete loss of muscular control on my entire right side, this would include slurring speech and inability to write. Then this was followed by about 20 – 25 seconds of hot flashes that seemed to travel up and down my left arm. In March I was having the symptoms about 35 times a day, by the end of May it was up to 75 times a day. Then in Mid May I had the worse pain I had ever had in my neck. Having spent 4 days in the hospital, having had every test known to the medical community and seeing a dozen doctor’s (including 2 neurologists) and none having a clue, I decided to see a Chiropractor, this was on the 29th of May. He talked me into giving up Diet Coke. The next day I started feeling better. By June 2, I was down to 60 episodes a day and my neck no longer hurt. I continued to get better and I had the last episode on the 14th of June.
I wish I could say, this was it. However I had a numbness in my right hand, so I continued to press for an explanation. I ended up seeing a neurologist at the University of Miami. She (Dr. Delgado) had me take MRI’s using the high strength MRI machines at the University. They showed that there was a lot of damage to my brain, and that there was a scarred spot (the myelin had been damaged) on my neck exactly where I had experienced the pain in May.
She diagnosed me with R&R MS, but I had never had an exacerbation so I ignored her. For over 5 years I had no other symptoms, other than my hand was numb. 8 years later a Dr. Salanga at the Cleveland Clinic diagnosed me with Secondary Progressive MS.
I know that the medical community and Scopes says that Aspartame Poisoning does not exist, but I believe differently. I believe that my immune system was damaged by the aspartame and as a result I came down with MS. In any case I need a cane to walk and my right hand does not work.
The Cleveland clinic doctor wants me to get on Copaxone. I am eating healthily and using lots of supplements, any thoughts.