Welcome to ThisIsMS, Jojay.
Since you mention that you are in the UK (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
Here is a Bloomberg article with more details: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-0 ... or-tb.html
Dr. Faustman is also doing research on MS, but I do not believe that the BCG vaccine will be helpful 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 the BCG vaccine, 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-Guérin) 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 because it increases insulin production.
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?"