KMB wrote:I was recently diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS about 2 months ago...
I'm 26 years old... I have a brother who has primary progressive MS diagnosed when he was 20 and is currently almost fully wheelchair bound...
I'm an MD currently in my second year of surgical residency program. As I'm sure all of you went through this, I keep asking my self weather I should seek a new career path or at least a specialty. So far I have only had 2 attacks or relapses and they both have been almost completely sensory... . I was wondering if there are any other members with a similar set of circumstances that need to use delicate hand skills for their job.
And weather or not they had to do something else.
On one hand I recovered from my last relapse with pulse therapy and I'v started on a DMD so I can go back to the Operating room...On the other, If i get another or any progression I am not sure I can keep up.
any thoughts or personal experiences?
Welcome to ThisIsMS, KMB. In light of your recent diagnosis with RRMS, you are wise to consider whether you should seek a medical career outside of surgery. As you know, every MS case is unique with its own set of symptoms. But, whatever your eventual situation, you will bring a special understanding and compassion to your patients because of your own experience with MS (yours and your brother's).
Similarly, we are willing to share our experiences and opinions, when asked. We are open to your questions.
Each member here brings his own personal beliefs about MS; currently, mine include the suspicion that wheat/gluten sensitivity and hyperinsulinemia are involved in this disease. As I do with everyone, I urge you to have testing in these areas. Diet seems to be the most effective, as in the case of Dr. Terry Wahls (http://www.TerryWahls.com
) which CaliReader mentioned. I suspect that this is due to a diet's affect on these two conditions.
We wish you all the best.
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?"