I'm so happy to have found these boards. I'll try to keep this as short as possible.
I had optic neuritis in 2009. It resolved and, while I had an MRI that showed a couple of v. small lesions, the neuro said they were more typical of migraine and that was that. My vision was restored.
In 2010 I had weight loss surgery (sleeve gastrectomy, not a bypass) and had felt terrific for about 3 years. Lost the weight, ate well, no joint pain.
Then, a couple of years ago I had a bout of vertigo, but it went away with meds and I didn't think anything of it. Within the past 6 months I had about a month where every morning I woke up with some kind of numbness or another, often just pain in one arm, one day my entire body was in pain. My pcp didn't make much of this (!). I also had strange sensations in my feet, as though there were cotton balls stuck under my toes.
During this time I was diagnosed with 2 herniated discs and have cortisone injections at the site once or twice a year with good result.
This past December I was lifting a VERY heavy leather chair and had the worst headache I can imagine. ER diagnosed exertion headache and ordered an MRI to rule out aneurysm/masses. Also had CT scans and blood work. My pcp noticed new lesions and sent me to a neuro, which is where I am today. I was able to get the 2009 MRI to him and he noticed more lesions in the current MRI. Called me today to said he's thinking MS and wants me to have a lumbar puncture, but wants to see me first on Monday. Which I think is great.
(Also, since 2009 I've had many stressors: a college daughter with learning disabilities and the emotional baggage to match, placement of both my dear parents in assisted living, the death of my father, my mother's dementia, the loss of a job I loved with all my heart, moves, a dear friend with leukemia and another with Parkinson's. Just a show.)
I have lots of questions and don't want to overwhelm, so here goes:
- Is a lumbar puncture still *really* necessary I know lots of people refuse to have them.
- Re: **diet and supplements and am curious as to where you all think I should start**
- Should I ask my neuro to do a nutrient work up before the spinal tap? I know Vit D and B vitamins are issues.
- Finally, I have seen Terry Wahl's "Ted" talk and while I'm impressed, I realize she's but one anecdote. I DO want to change my
but I want food that is delicious. To that end, I have ordered: The Zenbelly Cookbook: An Epicurean's Guide to Paleo Cuisine.
The other books just seem so ascetic
OK, enough for now. I welcome your responses.