My wife, now 31, was diagnosed with RRMS formally this past March, but had been having episodes since the prior August. She could not be properly diagnosed then because the onset was while she was pregnant. It started with optic neuritis, then she had some complications while pregnant that may or may not have been related (rare form of preeclampsia.) Soon after our healthy baby boy was born, she had another attack that presented itself as a stroke, leaving her extremely weak on her right side and some hindered cognition. Upon having the MRI they were able to identify 6 fairly sizable lesions, subsequently put her on Tysabri to settle down the hard onset.
She's getting stronger physically everyday, but still tires easy - and with all there is to do with a newborn on top of her new diagnosis she's been pretty depressed. She hasn't been at work since January because she had a desk job, and now can't type or use a mouse and has an extremely difficult time finding the pointer on the screen. We've just about run down our savings between the medical bills, ridiculous cost of her medication and new family expenses - and I think it will be beneficial financially, but moreover her mind-frame to get out of the house with a small part time job that she can do. I don't know what type of suggestions to give her though. She can walk unassisted, but cannot remain on her feet for too long. She can't have a job that utilizes a computer too much, and she is too weak at this time for anything physical.
I was hoping that in posting here we would be able to get some suggestions on that, and also how to help her out of this funk. She's on anti-depressants and sees a therapist once every 7-10 days, but still battles frequent bouts of it. I'm trying my best to get a better job myself, but right now we're not going to stay afloat as a one-income family. I made the promise to her 2 years ago that I'd be with her in sickness and health, and I don't think she fears that. It's more about finances and wanting to feel "normal" and be more active with our now [almost] 6 month old.
Anything would be great,
thank you for taking the time to read.
You and your wife have been in my thoughts since I read your first post. Many members at this website have unique ideas about MS; mine concerns excess insulin. You did not ask for my suspicions on this awful disease, but please allow me to make some observations; it is kindly meant.
When a woman is pregnant, her body (the pancreas specifically) ramps up production of insulin in order to put weight on the baby she is carrying. It is common for women to experience a flareup of MS in the several months after giving birth. I suspect that the excess insulin in your pregnant wife started the MS cascade; when the baby was no longer inside her body, her pancreas could not return to normal quickly and she had an even greater excess of insulin.
Insulin can cross the blood-brain barrier and promotes blood clotting – I am not certain, but I believe this clotting ability is involved in preeclampsia and possibly her stroke. Perhaps her body has difficulty shifting back into normal insulin production even now. Her doctor could order a "fasting blood insulin test" to check; the ideal result is 3 UU/ML or lower (My first test was 12; my later tests have never been below 9.). Just my thought – all the best to you.
By the way, there have been some studies in which fish oil capsules (or cod liver oil – essential fatty acids) seem to improve depression. I think there have been a couple that also showed no benefit. Perhaps you might discuss with her doctor whether fish oil might be worth a try for your wife.