8 months on LDN

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8 months on LDN

Postby Mary » Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:07 pm

Hi

I thought I would give a quick update on my LDN experience. I started it 8 months ago and take 3mg. nightly. I tried 4.5mg for a short while but was having trouble sleeping so I went back to 3mg. I may try 4.5 again...

I really don't have much to say. No relapses, which is definitely good. I've had one episode (last fall) that led to diagnosis, and nothing since. LDN is the only treatment I've ever done. I also take a ridiculous amount of vitamins/supplements. I'm trying to adopt better nutrition and all in all my diet is pretty good. Some days I feel more tired than others and some days my legs are more tired...but of course I also have charcot-marie-tooth, so it's hard to say what affects what. I do get little "blips" sometimes, can happen anywhere on the body, just little jumps, like your vein or nerve is popping...blips on the radar.

I was scheduled to have a MRI at the six month mark (had one just before I started LDN), but switched jobs and provinces and I don't see a neurologist/ms clinic until the end of November so it may be the new year before I get the MRI.

All in all it's good news. There is a lot of stress when switching jobs and moving so far away to a city where you know no one, and I haven't had any problems. No real notable improvements but not worse either. It's enough to not get worse... Of course the real truth will come with the MRI.

I am curious about statins...anyone taking LDN and lipitor/zocor? Does anyone know if you can combine the two?

Thanks!
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Re: 8 months on LDN

Postby CureOrBust » Fri Oct 21, 2005 12:51 am

aylish wrote:I am curious about statins...anyone taking LDN and lipitor/zocor? Does anyone know if you can combine the two?


I am on both 4.5mg/night LDN (only suffer from stiffness and a little spasicity) plus 80mg / day of simvastatin (plus I am also on the antibiotics as well).

All the three treatments that I am on, do not contradict each other or cancel each other out. When you start statins, its best to get your liver function tested regularily as some people have problems with statins; your doctor will monitor the results.

I have been improving each day.
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Re: 8 months on LDN

Postby Slumby » Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:21 pm

CureOrBust wrote:I am on both 4.5mg/night LDN (only suffer from stiffness and a little spasicity)


Is this stiffness before or after LDN? I'm thinking about starting ldn (if I can get it) but the thought that it will make me more stiff is enough for me to call it off.
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Re: 8 months on LDN

Postby CureOrBust » Sat Feb 18, 2006 4:26 pm

Slumby wrote:Is this stiffness before or after LDN?

I think (pretty certain) the stiffness was worse on the days after taking LDN. ie I already had "stiffness" issues.

But, it only made existing stiffness worse. Although, like you, I did not enjoy it. I struggled through it on the thought that by not taking LDN my symptoms may get worse, and therefore the stiffness would be worse in the long run.

I have improved (on LDN, Statins and ABX's) to a stage now where I cant tell the difference between when I do or dont take LDN; i still have some stiffness though. (Every now and then I skip a night, usually because I had a late meal, and therefore the LDN wouldnt be absobed as quickly as required)
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Postby Slumby » Sun Feb 19, 2006 10:32 am

Thanks for your reply. I will ask for BOTH LDN and statins the next time I see my neuro.
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Postby CureOrBust » Mon Feb 20, 2006 3:21 am

Slumby wrote:I will ask for BOTH LDN and statins the next time I see my neuro.

Dont get too hung up on getting treatment from your neuro only. I got a Rebif prescription from my neuro (which I dont take anymore). And from my GP, that I have known for quite some time, ALL the rest (ie LDN, Statins & ABX's). Its a LOT easier for me to see my GP than my neuro who only sees patients 1 day a week, and is very much in demand.

The statins felt like they were the real turning point for me personally, but it could of just been stopping the rebif.
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Postby Slumby » Mon Feb 20, 2006 12:03 pm

I had to see an Internal Medicine dr. first, who would refer me to the Neuro (I think there is one Neuro and she is there one day a week also). I asked him for LDN, which he had never heard of. He looked over the literature I brought, but wrote up the Neuro referral along with orders for an MRI and bloodwork. If I see the Neuro who diagnosed me (at this hospital), I doubt she will write up an Rx for anything but the crabs, but she may know something of LDN. I do want a new MRI.

I didn't know about statins at the time or I would have asked for that. I'm thinking of starting physical therapy and that doctor might be able to Rx for me, too I hope.
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Postby Slumby » Fri May 11, 2007 9:45 am

Wow! That was over a year ago?!
Still no ldn, shot down a few times and still worried about the side effects.
At this point I think I'll wait and see what the trials find. I don't much faith in drugs helping me. Thanks
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