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After 3 months of dizziness, stumbling (like I'm intoxicated) headaches (unlike my typical migraines) and just not feeling right....I finally seen a Neurologist! I was so excited. I can't stand feeling this way. It feels like the neuron's aren't firing, I loose thought, can't articulate words, & stutter. It's so frustrating.
After a thorough exam & reviewing my history; we agreed to blood tests; an Evoked Potential Test & Spinal Tap in the next two weeks.
I show deficits on my right side. The MRI shows multiple lesions, including the brain stem. MS was suggested as a diagnosis; however, wants to rule out other diseases.
That's good. Some doctors are too quick to diagnose MS. It's better that your doctor is willing to be thorough and do the additional tests. There are several diseases which can mimic MS but which are treatable. By the way, with regards to the spinal tap, you may wish to read through this post
which discusses the procedure.
I'm trying to gain as much information as I can. I have a few questions.....
How do you know what medication to start on? Is it based on symptom control or to slow lesion progression? The side effects alone of these meds are enough to make someone run the other way!
This question comes up on the forums quite a bit as you can imagine. I have written some posts in the past which address it and I think that you'll find them helpful.
Here are the links...
Is there one central post or list about vitamins/minerals/herbs for treatment of MS?
I don't believe that there is a "central post" that discusses vitamins, minerals, and supplements. However, you will likely want to read through the Natural Approach
forum which discusses many supplements which are of interest to people with MS.
Are the vitamins enough to help or are they used in combination with the medications for relief?
I believe that supplements and diet are complementary to the medication. While I can't recommend specific supplements for any one person, for myself, I've derived a regimen based upon several published journal articles available on PubMed
. These include: Omega-3 fish oil, Natural Vitamin E, Vitamin B Complex, a combined Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc, & Vitamin D3 supplement, R-Lipoic Acid, Turmeric, Ground flax seed, and Green tea. I have also eliminated trans fat from my diet and try to get some exercise when my energy level is up to it.
I am so grateful for this site. It has offered so much information!
I hope that you continue to find it helpful. If you haven't already, you may want to have a look at the Forums FAQ