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Postby beatms » Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:43 pm

Amelia, that is really scary how your husband progressed so quickly, and must be really tough dealing with that emotionally.

What kind of symptoms are you dealing with Jimmy?

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Postby jimmylegs » Fri Jun 23, 2006 7:12 pm

short answer, sensory loss up to collarbone, which really screwed up my motor control and i had to use my eyes for feedback due to no position sense.

long answer, oh i had acute ascending sensory loss up to the c6 dermatome, which meant i was numb to collarbone. my hands and fingers were the last thing to go. at one point i had some trouble with my diaphragm and taking a deep enough breath. because i couldn't feel anything, i couldn't do stuff without looking, and my motor control was secondarily affected.

at first i was laid up with the lumbar puncture postural headache or whatever they call it. i kept trying to do things at first and then gave it up and prescribed myself three days on the couch to let the puncture heal.

then i had two weeks off work (i had been teaching skiing). once i could sit up i just started reading like crazy. i was a little obsessed with my neurologist at first and felt like he was some kind of life preserver in a fierce storm. but once i started reading i got over it because he was no longer the only source of information.

then i went into the denial stage and read desperately looking for ways that this could not be ms. then i realized, what the hell ms is just a bunch of checkmarks on a list so yes fine i have it. just need to get those check marks off the list.

so, i just started trying to do stuff for myself again. first i thought oh my god i can't drive when i can't feel stuff. jeez. but i found i could. i had stopped going up and down stairs unless absolutely necessary, but i would gimp around. i had to drag my bones around and constantly felt like i just got off a trampoline and there was too much gravity.

eventually went back to work but only to help direct students to their lessons, wearing street shoes. no confidence to walk on ice in ski boots. then because my hours were so short i decided i could put the gear back on but just not ski. there's lots of intro stuff on the flats. then one day when i wasn't working i tried four runs on my own. i found i couldn't really manage the poles, and my balance felt crazy, but i did it. by march break i took on two groups for the week. i made sure i had students that were at a no ski-pole level, and were chairlift riders so i could sit often. still i dreaded the second lesson each day but they end so quickly once you get into it.

then the season was over and i ended up on sick benefits. but every now and then there would be an improvement. slowly sensation came back, but i still had a tight band around my chest. eventually that passed too, so gradually that i just realized it was gone one day and couldn't say how long it had been better. at first i couldn't grip cups or glasses or anything without putting one hand on the bottom, because i couldn't tell how tight i had it. slowly i got better. one day i passed a heavy bowl of veggies down the table with only one hand and realized hey! that was great! around that time my crappy targeting kind of got better too. i used to have to really concentrate to get my hand to something to pick it up, but now i can just pick things up without thinking like before.

my writing was atrocious and has gradually come back to pretty much its former drafting-trained 'perfection' ;)

i couldn't keep my pills cupped in my hand for a long time because if i looked away, my fingers would go wherever and i couldn't tell. that got better too.

then one day all of a sudden the hands came back in a big jump, and i found i could type with all my fingers again, and didn't need to see what i was doing. then gradually i could even type on the flatter laptop keyboard too. THEN.... i realized i could play the GUITAR again. WHEEEEEEE! not that i do play much because my hands still feel like crap except on smooth things. i bought a bunch of smooth clothes and i still can't stand towels or cloths and i pay the salon to wash my hair for me. basically what i'm left with is an annoying half numbness/half hypersensitivity in my hands. and my neck still hurts. it was a nice whiplash head smash on the snowboard that immediately preceded my attack.

now, my improvement seems to have flattened out. i think the last thing to improve was my gait. i stopped falling ahead into each step and walk relatively normally again. some days if i have been neglectful with my supplements for a few days, my leg bones get heavy again. but if i'm well behaved i feel normal except for my weird hands. maybe they'll come back in the long run. i am not gonna be pleased tho if that fall caused some permanent damage!
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Postby beatms » Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:08 pm

Wow, that sounds really traumatic. I guess that an attack or flare up? Do you antcipate it happening again? Did you take anything that helped things improve? How long did that trauma go for? Sorry, to ask so many questions, but what you wrote is huge as far as "symptoms" go.
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Postby Lyon » Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:32 pm

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Postby jimmylegs » Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:55 pm

beat:

i thank goodness every day that my eyesight was not affected, as i feel that would have been far worse than my worst problems. i also think that as many problems as i had, there are so many sufferers out there that have it a million times worse and i feel lucky that my first (and only?) attack was only sensory.

i do not anticipate it happening again. if i behave myself. which i have a hard time doing. i have learned so much that i think i can prevent recurrence.

the acute ascending sensory crap happened between jan 23 and jan 29 '06 and the sensory problems in my hands and sometimes forearm spacticity and some heavy legs remain. so, my god, it's 6 months to the day.

about taking things: at first i threw myself into the hands of the professionals and discarded my earlier distrust of mainstream medical and pharmaceutical treatment. however i was quite sure that my long term veganism and resulting b12 deficiency was the real answer and that the positive for oligoclonal bands in my spinal fluid was not a clincher. the neurologist did not believe i had b12 deficiency because i was normal when he tested and i had the oligoclonal bands in the csf.

however i had supplemented b12 for two weeks prior to the attack after years of none whatsoever. so serum values meant nothing to me.

anyway, i fired all guns into nutritional ms research and have developed a supplement regimen that may or may not be helping. i do know my levels of certain nutrients such as b12 have been officially deficient in the past (as in under 75) and my recent D test came back as less than optimal for bone health, let alone immune system health, after THREE MONTHS of supplementation at four times the current recommended daily. so i recently did a megadose and will take 4000 iu per day for maintenance henceforward on any day i do not get bare skin sun exposure. A CAUTION: scooby posted recently that those on immunosuppressive drugs are at greater risk for skin cancer.

the big improvement day for my hands was associated with my initiation of megadose b complex, not just b12. i am not sure if it was the thiamine that helped, or better b12 absorption when accompanied by the rest of the complex.

at one point i did notice a problem with phantom itch on my arms, which as it turns out was related to too much folic acid. i had tried a new b complex formulation that had high folate and my levels went over 1200. a bit much. as soon as i corrected the ratio, the itching stopped.

lyon:

you have hit the nail on the head. i think (KNOW) that i had subacute whatever degeneration of the spinal cord pre-existing, and the whiplashy fall on jan 22 hit the cervical lesion and wreaked havoc. to me this explains the lingering impact on only my hands and forearms.

whether or not my immune system is involved now and/or in the future remains to be seen.
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very interesting

Postby beatms » Sat Jun 24, 2006 7:17 am

Thanks for sharing Jimmy.

Are you at all concerned that the megadoses of B12 prior to your first attack may have precipitated it? Interestingly, I started supplementing B12 too, prior to my first horrible bladder spasticity event last January (hopefully my last). I stopped after that. I've read that these mega b-vitamins can feed opportunistic microorganisms in the gut that love a particular substrate of vitamin, and thus can throw off the balance. All of these mega vitamins must first get digested in the gut which means they need the gut's bacteria and their enzymes to do so.
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Postby jimmylegs » Sat Jun 24, 2006 7:39 am

hi there, not at all concerned that the b12 started the attack. i had had problems with numb feet and gait for years and always successfully treated it with a brief supplementation of b12. stupidly i did not regularly supplement.

then i found that in december a few days, then a few weeks, was not bringing back my feet. i worried that i had been so neglectful as to have done permanent damage. but my feet are back now. my left one came back first and best. i burst into tears when i suddenly felt it tingle back. i can still feel a tinge of a problem in my right foot when i slack on the supplements.

anyway, i heard on jan 9 that my b12 level was normal. did not know much about "normal" at the time. my level was 300 (which i now consider under optimal by about 200) and in the past i had been down under 75 as i said. so, typical me, oh well, if it's not a vitamin b problem, let's figure out what else it could be and i stopped supplementing altogether. two weeks after that, i had the accident on the snowboard and the attack went into action.

what substrate are you talking about in particular? i think i was ingesting far more tasty treats for the opportunistic baddies than some vitamin ingredients. and also had chronically low friendly microorganisms. (i had had a series of UTIs about ten years back and the docs always prescribed antibiotics, until i went to a naturopath who suggested it was not an infection, and that the test for infection was blood in the urine and in my case the blood was from depleted GI friendlies, they weren't able to make a protective layer for my tissue, he suggested acidophilus which instantly cleared up the problem. i mean in one single dose. reported this to my doc's office at the time and was told it was a coincidence.)

anyway any benefit that the baddies get from my b vitamins is probably countered by the multi acidophilus attack that i toss in there (when i'm behaving) daily. i also recently switched from a sublingual b12 that was in a nauseating sucralose strip, to a flavourless pill. much better. and i TRY to avoid things that feed the baddies. however i did have timbits for breakfast this morning, sigh, a friend brought them over last night! i am so strict sometimes and so terrible others. i just have gotten so sick of it all!!!
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Postby Anecdote » Sat Jun 24, 2006 7:49 am

Dave, we all know that you are obsessed with the gut's micro-organisms, but can you please back up what you say here, with quotes and references, because it is new to me:

I've read that these mega b-vitamins can feed opportunistic microorganisms in the gut that love a particular substrate of vitamin, and thus can throw off the balance. All of these mega vitamins must first get digested in the gut which means they need the gut's bacteria and their enzymes to do so.

You can't just say things like this without providing the evidence because you might make people worried for no reason.

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Postby amelia » Sat Jun 24, 2006 8:56 am

Gary's MRI's are the reason I am thinking like Ian now. MS disablitliy is not limited to the lesion activity in the brain and spine. I think researchers need to start looking elsewhere. And maybe open their eyes and ears to people with MS instead of mice all the time. I think if they did some intensive international surveys, they would find a whole different line of thinking than what has been in the past.
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Postby jimmylegs » Sat Jun 24, 2006 9:25 am

i agree with you amelia. there is some very different thinking out there.

i have a little update on the UTI thing i mentioned above. apparently recurring urinary tract infections can result from GI tract candida overgrowth:

Urinary tract candidiasis:
Transient asymptomatic candiduria may occur during antibiotic or corticosteroid treatment which promotes the growth of Candida, throughout the gastrointestinal and genital tracts, and most lower urinary tract infections result from local spread of yeasts from these sites. This condition is most common in women.

why on EARTH my doctor would treat my UTIs with antibiotics is now totally beyond me. the candida idea is not exactly the explanation i got from the naturopath back in the day. however, acidophilus fixed it anyway, because those organisms are apparently the natural predators of candida.

i also have been looking at some awful images on google of cutaneous candidiasis. i know that was my kind of diaper rash as an infant, and i strongly suspected it's what's under my boobs now but i at first mistook it for more psoriasis. now that i've seen those images, it's confirmed. i am a giant out of control candida frat party. no more timbits, that is IT.

and we know there is quite the school of thought that links ms to candida. i think it could be a factor for some people. and i think when you try to apply broad brush strokes to this disease, it obscures good information because things are discounted when they don't apply to every patient.
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Postby beatms » Sat Jun 24, 2006 2:06 pm

Sarah and Jimmy:

Very good point. I've read it in a book called Diet and Nutrition - by Rudolph M Ballentine MD. He has a very interesting section on intestinal health and quite cutting edge for his time (I think it was published in the late 70's). I think he was being theoretical, and did not have necessarily a journal to cite for that, though his book is very scientifical, a very interesting read actually. I can't remember if he mentioned a particular B vitamin, however B12 is produced by bacteria in the intestines which if someone has intestinal dysbiosis it might make sense that they would not have enough (this is me hypothesizing). In light to my personal experience---even though I have no journal at this time to support, I am personally afraid of going back to the vitamin thing. I have the book at home, and can try to dig up what he said if your interested.

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Postby amelia » Sat Jun 24, 2006 2:57 pm

I had a friend, not an MSer, that had the full blown yeast over growth of the body. Nutritionally, they took her off ALL dairy products, yeast products, and sugar. Yeast feeds on sugar if you didn't already know that. As far as the boob thing, I think MS affects the skin more than DR's give credit to. Gary has had a "yeast" type rash on his beard, mustache and hair line for years. It flares up from time to time and can be one side of the body attactks. You know, like MS! A Derm. looked at it and said it was a severe case of dandruff. I disagree. I usually flares up with his MS. It may be a immune system thing going on too.
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Postby jimmylegs » Sat Jun 24, 2006 3:16 pm

thanks amelia, yes i do know that it feeds on simple sugars and when i get vigilant about dietary measures and acidophilus pills, i can make it clear up. i also put oil of oregano right on the rash.

when you say gary's rash is a yeast type one, do you mean it could possibly be a cutaneous case of candida? do you use antifungal cream on it? or an anti-candida diet?

dave, i was just curious what the substrate mentioned might be, but you don't have to look it up specifically just for lil ol me hehehe.

hmm. guess i should be pretty careful at the wine and cheese i'm invited to this evening, huh! jeez :roll:
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Postby beatms » Sat Jun 24, 2006 7:28 pm

Jimmy:

I checked it out, the book says something to the effect that certain bacteria may prefer a certain type of vitamin(he doesn't mention a particular vitamin), and that megadoses could cause it to potentially proliferate, become dependent on it, and intefere with overall nutrition.

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Postby beatms » Sat Jun 24, 2006 7:44 pm

Amelia:

I can say that I have had a lot of fungal issues on my skin. All over my chest, feet, and other areas (not going to gross you out here)..would use creams to no avail...and it dissapeared as well the acute , constant severe neurological pain improved dramatically when I started ingesting probiotics.

Thanks for sharing about your friend.

Jimmy: Have fun at the party...

Peace out....I'm going to the Renewable Energy Fair tommorow in Custer, Wisconsin....should be cool...there is a peace march.....

Peace be with you all.
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