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Postby richardt » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:11 pm

Hi

I am new to this site and still finding my way around. We have a 14 year old daughter who was diagnosed with MS when she was 4! It has been under control with Interferon but this year gone mad. She has just been treated with Allemtuzumab but again has a severe relapse. We are interested in any views.
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Postby leetz » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:16 pm

Welcome to the forum...God Bless you and your daughter. I had relapse second round on Alemtuzumab (campath)...just came out of it...see all threads including CCSVI...not a doctor, just your best bet is to research here. There is an abundance of info here...best wishes...
GOD BLESS.... CCSVI treatment Dr. Siskin great doc....symptom's improved for about 3 week's (gait, balance, spasticity) now back to square 1...
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Postby richardt » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:41 pm

Was that your second dose of campath (after one year)?
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Postby richardt » Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:42 pm

Thanks for taking the time to reply - we really appreciate it. Good luck to you.
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Postby jimmylegs » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:26 pm

welcome to TIMS, richard. i hope you find good information for your little one. if you have any questions regarding nutrition for MS, that is my 'angle'. but there are many more approaches available. happy reading!
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com
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Postby lyndacarol » Mon Dec 13, 2010 7:02 pm

Richardt--I think it is extremely important to determine your daughter's current position with a thorough physical examination while experiencing this exacerbation or flare-up. We hope she has a caring medical professional.

As to treatment, I am not a believer in any of the CRABs, based on my own experience with C (Copaxone), no experience with R (Rebif), a long 7 years with A (Avonex), and 4 years of B (Betaseron). In my opinion, these drugs were of no benefit to me. I hope interferon has been been helpful in your daughter's case. My doctor tells me, "But we don't know how bad you would be right now if you hadn't taken them." The problem with this disease is that it naturally has periods of remission.

If you have not already started a personal MS library, I recommend two books: "Multiple Sclerosis: The History of a Disease" by T. Jock Murray, OC, MD; and I think "The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book" by Roy Swank, MD, PhD and Barbara Dugan is the second good book to have.

In that thorough physical exam, ask for any kind of blood test possible (including cortisol, thyroid hormones, and a fasting serum insulin test--I am known at this website to be obsessed with insulin!).When she has an MRI, ask that the radiologist make a special note of the sinuses. Many with MS report sinus problems (including myself). I am now sure that mucus (from viruses or allergies) causes insulin production due to dense "sugar-coated" mucins. Ask for a copy of all her test results for your own file.

I encourage everyone with MS to eat a healthy diet. In my opinion, this means removing all sugar, all artificial sweeteners (These promote insulin production more than sugar.), all trans fats (These also increase insulin.), and white flour (in fact, all carbs so far as possible) from the diet.

Welcome and best wishes.
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