Although we have exchanged ideas already in the Veterans forum, this is my "official" welcome to ThisIsMS, Lorraine. Many of us here have our own unique ideas on MS – mine revolve around excess insulin.
I have no medical background; but as I look at the description of your experience, I wonder if an endocrinologist, rather than a neurologist, would have been more appropriate. I realize that MS is diagnosed with imaging that shows lesions on the brain or spine; but with my belief of excess insulin involvement in MS, I think MS will eventually be moved to the area of endocrinology. In my own case, I had symptoms for years but my first three MRIs showed NO lesions.
Excess insulin leads to insulin resistance in muscle cells and could be the reason for your inability to move your legs a year ago, especially if you have insulin resistance in skeletal muscles and muscle weakness has persisted. My standard recommendation for everyone with an MS diagnosis is to request a "fasting blood insulin test." The optimal test results should be 3 UU/ML or lower. MY first test came back with 12 UU/ML; later tests have never been below 9. Six of my friends with MS have had this test and have found elevated results also.
We are glad you found us, QuicheLorraine.
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on Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:00 pm, edited 1 time in total.
My hypothesis: excess insulin (hyperinsulinemia) plays a major role in MS, as developed in my initial post: http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-discussion-f1/topic1878.html "Insulin – Could This Be the Key?"