trisca – First, you mentioned that there are several GPs in the practice you visited. Could you request one of the other GPs?
Second, I expect that jimmylegs will supply you with that "stack of papers" to convince any doctor of the importance of nutrient levels in MS.
And finally, since you mention that you live in England (I assume you received the BCG vaccine against tuberculosis as a child), and since I believe that MS symptoms are caused, in large part, by excess insulin, I encourage you to push your GP to order a "fasting blood insulin test."
I am on the mailing list of Dr. Denise Faustman, a Harvard University researcher working on a cure for type I diabetes. She has triggered increased insulin production from trial participants with previously non-producing pancreas. In her fall letter were links giving more information on her work: http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/192352 ... t-diabetes
Dr. Faustman is also doing research on MS, but I do not believe that the BCG vaccine will be successful against MS, as she believes – because of a friend's experience. My friend grew up in Ireland where she moved around often and attended several schools; a BCG vaccine was required at each new school (the BCG vaccine is required of school-age children in the UK)– she thinks she has received the BCG vaccine four times. She now has MS.
I think the increased insulin triggered by BCG, as Dr. Faustman has found it increases insulin secretion, will make MS worse (since I still believe the insulin/MS connection) . This vaccine uses attenuated (weakened), i.e., live bacteria. Is it possible that BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) continues to live in the body and is NOT eliminated by antibodies, OR that the bacterium changed the pancreas into chronically overproducing insulin? I think this BCG vaccine could be responsible for many cases of MS.
By the way, is there a hierarchy in your medical system? Is there a superior or someone higher in the "chain of command," to whom you can complain and effect a change in your doctor? Good luck.
My hypothesis: excess insulin (hyperinsulinemia) plays a major role in MS, as developed in my initial post: http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-discussion-f1/topic1878.html "Insulin – Could This Be the Key?"