The Long and Winding Road - Hi Everyone!

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The Long and Winding Road - Hi Everyone!

Postby Craig445 » Thu Jun 15, 2006 3:08 pm

Hi everyone,

My name's Craig and I was diagnosed about 5 years ago. I turned 26 in May, and I live in the Toronto area.

I started Rebif-44 shortly after my diagnosis, and it kept me pretty stable for about 3.5 years, then things went downhill. All of a sudden I lost sensation in some of my fingers, developed some heat sensitivity, and had some gait issues.

After these symptoms I looked into complementary treatments. I started the Swank diet, supplements, and then LDN a couple of months later.

Things continued to get worse, though. I had a couple of other attacks which worsened my gait, coordination (on my right side), and I developed problems with fatigue.

My neurologist and I decided that I had probably developed neutralizing antibodies to the Rebif, so I stopped taking it. For about a month and a half I was on LDN alone (I thought the combination could be hindering the LDN's effectiveness), but if anything, I continued to worsen during this time.

Then, about a month ago, I got IV steroids for the first time, and the difference was like night and day. I also started on a chemotherapy treatment, Cyclophosphamide, which is like Novantrone except it doesn't have heart problems associated with it.

I'm still in the process of weaning myself of the steroids, but I feel much better. About a month ago, I could barely walk. Now, I usually walk without any aids, my fatigue is gone, my heat sensitivity is almost entirely gone, too.

Needless to say, I'm optimistic about the direction in which things are moving!

I know this is a long-winded post - a lot has happened lately. Anyways, I look forward to talking to you all.

Cheers,

Craig
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Postby Arron » Thu Jun 15, 2006 3:26 pm

Craig-- so glad to hear you're feeling better, and welcome to the site. It really is amazing the obvious difference a round of steroids can make. Now if they only had no side effects... ;)

Welcome again, we're very happy to have you with us.
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Postby bromley » Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:19 am

Craig,

Good to hear that you are seeing some improvements. Various chemo drugs are being used so keep us posted on how you do.

All the best

Ian
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