Am i having a relapse

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Am i having a relapse

Postby Bibek » Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:14 pm

Hi all, :?:
Though, nothing can be said new symptoms, i am feeling the pre-existing
symptoms in a much seviour way.So much so ,that walking seems like ckimbing a 100 ft long staigt rock.The weekness at the loin has increased manyfold,getting up from bed or sofa is very difficult.These are the symptoms i was experiancing in 2006.

My present regimen:
1.IMURAN (Deisease Modifying drug)
along with some vitamin tabs.

Awaiting ..your responce eagerly.

Regards, :roll:
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Postby OhKay » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:09 pm

If it has been at least 24 hours, and you don't have a fever or any other signs of infection it could be a relapse even if it's a reappearance of old symptoms.

I usually find myself sleeping around the clock, and unable to get out of bed before a relapse. My symptoms usually build insidiously after that.

But we're all different. You are the best judge of your own health. If it's been over 24 hours and you have no reason to suspect infection (no urinary urgency, fever, cough, wounds, etc) I think you already know the answer.

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Postby msmything » Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:41 am

I think that an increase in severity of symtoms counts as a relapse.
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Postby jimmylegs » Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:08 am

agreed, sounds no fun. what vitamins have you got in your regimen bbk?
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Postby Bibek » Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:24 am

jimmylegs wrote:agreed, sounds no fun. what vitamins have you got in your regimen bbk?

Hi Jimmylegs,
Sorry for the delay..I m taking only one, Vit B (Becasule).However i would ask my neuro to give some more for Fatigue / weakness.

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Postby jimmylegs » Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:55 am

hi b, no need for apologies of course! a relapse is a relapse, it takes what it takes no fault of yours.

well, that's good that you're taking vitamin B. becosule...? is it this one?
Each 5ml of Becosules syrup contains:
Vitamin B1 USP 12.5mg
Vitamin B2 USP 6.25mg
Vitamin B6 USP 2.5mg
Vitamin B12 USP 3.75mcg
Niacinamide USP 25mg
D-Panthenol USP 6.25mg
Folic Acid USP 0.25mg
Maltitol 80/55 Ph Eur

those amounts look very small to me. even if you take the recommended 4 tsp / 20 ml per day, you are only going to get 15 mcg of b12.

ms patients using b12 are taking usually 1000 to 2000 mcg per day!!
do you know what your b12 level was when you were diagnosed with ms? did they run that test for you?

anyway overall if you feel this tired, i would recommend a much stronger mega b-complex for energy, that had more like 50mg each of the various b complex vitamins (not every one will be 50, but most. a good one should have choline and inositol for good measure.

even with a b50 or a b100, you'd probably still need to find a separate b12 supplement to get your intake high enough.

beyond the b-complex, it's always smart to get a good multivitamin/multimineral, but again those are maintenance amounts for healthy people with less than ideal diets.

i don' t believe ordinary supplements are enough for people with chronic illness.

besides b12, the next more important thing to look at is your vitamin d3 level. do you know yours? this one's really important - most ms-ers are insufficient to seriously deficient. for optimal immune function, you need to get your serum d3 level into the 100-250nmol/L range. 150 is the number i aim for personally. and the metabolite that needs to get tested is called 25-hydroxycholecalciferol, which you can also just call 25-hydroxyvitamin d3.

daily d3 doses for healthy people can be as high as 4000IU, depending where you live and the time of year. it takes much higher amounts each day when you are low and need to boost your levels in a hurry.

it's important to keep your electrolytes in mind too. calcium, magnesium, and zinc are the ones i harp on about most:

-calcium try for 1000mg per day

-magnesium 500-600mg per day (from mag citrate, if supplementing - try to get some of it from eating steamed dark leafy greens daily! also never take it all at the same time as vitamin d3 supplements)

-zinc 25-50mg per day
(this will really help out your liver function, which in turn boosts the uric acid in your blood - usually low in ms patients.
if your zinc is low it also affects your body's vitamin A, with consequences for your eyes and gene expression.
in my case, fixing my zinc level also seems to have really improved my vitamin d3 absorption - i am way more responsive to d3 supplementing now, and d3 is hydroxylated first in the liver, and the d3 receptors have 'zinc fingers'...).

other electrolytes: potassium intake relative to sodium is important also. depending on your diet, might be useful to think about cutting back salt and boosting the high potassium foods.

anyway i know that's a lot but you can just take what you want from it, try what seems reasonable to you. any questions, just ask.
i am including my signature for links to more reading on nutrition.
take care,
take control of your own health
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!
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