yesmann wrote:It began a month ago. I had burning sensation in my right foot which got progressively worse. Following this I started to get numbness in both legs and then muscle spasms in randsom places on my body but especially in my legs.
I went to the doc and got full bloodwork which came back with a vitamin d level of 20. I also got an ana blood test which came back negative. I was referred to a neurologist who found that my "reflex" on the right side of my body was worse than the left and so I have an mri scheduled.
Im supposed to take a plane flight in a couple hours but ive started to get really dizzy. Dont know if its safe for me to fly. Does ms present itself with an attack? I dont know what to do from here.
Thanks for reading
Welcome to ThisIsMS, yesmann. We are happy to share our experiences and opinions.
This description of a neurological exam is probably the exam that your neuro performed: http://peripheralneuropathycenter.uchic ... #bloodtest
I hope he or your GP ordered these blood tests:
Blood tests are commonly employed to check for vitamin deficiencies, toxic elements and evidence of an abnormal immune response.
Depending on your individual situation, your doctor may request certain laboratory tests to identify potentially treatable causes for neuropathy. These include tests for:
• Vitamin B12 and folate levels (Jimmylegs, here at TIMS, recommends magnesium, zinc, and copper also.)
• Thyroid, liver and kidney functions (especially thyroid hormones testing is recommended by Kathryn Simpkins in her book, The MS Solution)
• Vasculitis evaluation
• Oral glucose tolerance test (I suggest a "fasting blood insulin test" also.)
• Antibodies to nerve components (e.g., anti-MAG antibody)
• Antibodies related to celiac disease (I think this is VERY important, as well as a mannitol-lactulose test for Intestinal Permeability.)
• Lyme disease (Bartman, among other TIMS members, urge this testing.)
• Hepatitis C and B
I believe that the burning sensation I have in my legs is due to excess insulin in my bloodstream damaging the interior of the blood vessels and affecting the smooth muscles in the blood vessel walls. This is the reason I think the fasting blood insulin test is so important – this is NOT the same as a glucose test. An ideal result is 3 UU/ML or lower; mine have never been below 9.
Dizziness might make for an uncomfortable plane flight, but I would guess it is safe for you to fly. I am not a medical professional.
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?"