cimciminy wrote:Hi everyone,
My mom was recently diagnosed with progressive MS, and she has been declining very quickly since the diagnosis. As her daughter, I am unsure of what to do and how to handle the news. I want to be there for her as much as possible, and I try to talk to her but she doesn't want to talk to me about it. She is embarrassed to go out in public, and has stopped hanging out with her friends. No matter what I do to try and support her and give her my love, she doesn't want to hear it or talk about it. She isn't going to her parents' 60th anniversary party because she is embarrassed. I don't know what to do to help her and I don't know how to deal with the news. Any and all advice would be appreciated.
Please note that the first blood test the U of Chicago suggests is for vitamin B12. I definitely think this is the place to start. There have been several malpractice cases won (for several million dollars each!) when doctors did not look for vitamin B 12 deficiencies and patients went on to develop irreversible neurologic damage.Blood tests
Blood tests are commonly employed to check for vitamin deficiencies, toxic elements and evidence of an abnormal immune response.
Depending on your individual situation, your doctor may request certain laboratory tests to identify potentially treatable causes for neuropathy. These include tests for:
Vitamin B12 and folate levels
Thyroid, liver and kidney functions
Oral glucose tolerance test
Antibodies to nerve components (e.g., anti-MAG antibody)
Antibodies related to celiac disease
Hepatitis C and B
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