SleepingMonkey wrote:I've got some new loss of coordination in my hands and legs that's making it tougher to keep up with two very active two year olds. Double vision isn't a new problem, but it seems tougher to shift focus to deal with sunlight and crowds recently. New and more persistent spasms in my legs and back.
Man, I hate listening to myself go on about this but guess this is the place. It's probably time to get back in touch with the psychologist at the MS center
Most worrisome (to me, anyway) has been mood changes and speech difficulties that I have trouble describing. I had a very detailed psych eval a couple of years ago and passed with flying colors. That is, aside from being moderately depressed. That improved significantly when I was laid off from a job I hated anyway. I've never reacted well to ssris and don't have the patience to go through the motions with yet another psychiatrist.
It was when I found myself googling MS and suicide rates that I thought it was probably time to reconnect with adults other than my wife. I'm not seriously considering anything so drastic and selfish, but I found myself feeling more sympathetic towards people who do.
I'm glad you posted. Your signature really got my attention. A friend has been going on for a while about how great her anti-inflammatory diet has been for her rheumatoid arthritis and eliminated the need for meds. I'm due for my first round of rituxan in a week but know that I should have been paying much better attention to my diet all these years.
Welcome again to ThisIsMS, SleepingMonkey.
"Everything You Want Your Doctor to Know about Vitamin B12"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvEizypoyO0
I highly recommend this 50-minute documentary from the filmmaker Elissa Leonard, featuring Sally Pacholok, RN, BSN & her husband Jeffrey Stuart, D.O. (authors of the book, Could It Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses
); Lawrence Solomon, M.D., hematologist with Yale Medical School; Ralph Green, M.D., hematologist at UC Davis; and Donald Jacobsen, PhD, at the Cleveland Clinic (Homocysteine Research Lab).
@1:23 "The neurological manifestations well precede the hematological manifestations."
@1:46 "In 1948 scientists isolated a red crystalline pigment and named it vitamin B12. It is a primordial molecule responsible for the health of all the DNA in all our cells. The Framingham Offspring Study suggests 40% of Americans have suboptimal B12."
Near the end you will find:Signs and Symptoms of B12 Deficiency:
Sore Mouth or Tongue
EdemaElevated HomocysteineElevated MMA
Stomach and G.I. Problems
Limb Movement Disorders
Thoughts of Suicide
Your GP can order a few tests to rule out a possible vitamin B12 deficiency – serum B12 test (at $90, it is one of the least expensive blood tests, and insurance should cover it); folic acid test; methylmalonic acid (MMA) test – urine test of MMA is recommended; homocysteine test. If you are found to have a B12 deficiency, injections of B12 or B12 lozenges will usually solve the problem. I urge you to read the book, Could It Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses
, and work with your doctor.
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?"