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Looking for a second opinion

Postby Dannyb2012 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:00 am

Hello all, I am a 32 yr old male looking for a second opinion. I have been dizzy/lightheaded almost every day for eight months. Two months ago I lost eighty percent vision in right eye. Luckily vision is back, however a recent brain MRI has given a neurologist reason to believe I have ms. He basically said he is almost certain and recommended I start treatment ( he gave me five treatment brochures/DVDs ) to research. He also mentioned that he was surprised I was able to function without assistance due to the amount of legions and what he referred to as black holes on my brain suggesting the presence of the problem for a long time. He also stated that he didn't feel a spinal tap was needed. I live in the Boston area and was wondering if anyone could recommend one to me for my second opinion. Moreover I live in a highly wooded area and deal with ticks a lot. Knowing that Lyme symptoms mimic those of ms closely, I am wondering if I may have the latter. Blood test negative two years ago before my symptoms. I appreciate any feedback thanks!
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Re: Looking for a second opinion

Postby FLJhawk » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:52 am

Another blood test would be a good idea.

With your symptoms, I tend to agree that a spinal tap won't lead to any useful information.

For now, get on a good MS diet and take the recommended supplements (D3, Zn, Mg, malic acid, etc). It is difficult to chose a DMD and there is lots to read here about the various ones.

I am sure there are lots of MS specialists in the Boston area, but I am not from there and have no recommendations.

I am sure this must all be scary. We are here to help you out.
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Re: Looking for a second opinion

Postby jimmylegs » Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:13 pm

i think getting assessed for lyme would be a good idea, and if you want to rule out nutrient issues, get all those things tested and don't accept anyone telling you your levels are 'normal'. read that nutrition first link below if you need clarification on what 'normal' actually means wrt blood testing.

sorry i can't help you re a good doc for a second opinion :S

all i know is that one of the big guns (m.f.holick) on vit d3 research as it pertains to various illnesses, including ms, works there..

welcome to the forum - lots of support here! any questions re nutrition, feel free to ask :)
odd sx? no dx? check w/ dietitian
DRI=MINIMUM eg bit.ly/1vgQclQ
99% don't meet these. meds/lifestyle can affect levels
status can be low in ms & other cond'ns
'but my results are normal'. typical panels don't test all
deficits occur in 'normal' range
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