Hi T/L, my Wife was diagnosed in 1997, though like you she had the symptoms for a few years before that - things not going right, you know what I mean. At the time, she was told that her symptoms were quite mild, and that she probably didn't need to go on the heavy duty drugs. Since that time, the medical opinions have changed to the view that once the disease is dx'd it shoud be immediately "attacked".
In any event, she has taken no drugs other than an anti-depressant, she was taking pills to help with fatigue, but they were a waste of time and money, she takes pills at bedtime to reduce the number of bathroom trips (again not sure if they are as effective as the Doctor seems to believe), she has been taking a good dosage of Vit D (4000 IU's daily), and she takes a multi-vitamin each day. Her MS went from a mild R+R to what became SPMS in 2007.
Would the use of CRAB's or something else have prevented that progression, we'll never really know, however it did seem that maybe the medical advice of the Neuro and our Family Doctor had in fact let her down !!!! It was not until I began reading the various topics here on TiMS that it became clear that maybe the heavy duty drugs being prescribed might not have helped, that they might have only caused more problems than actual benefits.
I know there will be some on the TiMS site that might comment on the following but here goes anyway:
Since hearing about CCSVI, I have done a lot of research on the web into the theory, the procedure, the possible benefits as well as the potential downsides. I used to be in a position where research was needed to make decisions, where one had to analyse risk and mitigate it, and I now strongly believe that CCSVI is something that has the real potential to ease the symptoms of the disease.
I do not see it as a cure, that is still somewhere down the road, but it seems to be part of this disease. Because of this I am taking my Wife to be treated, she fully understands the situation and wants the treatment with the hope that it will at the very least stop the progression.
So T/L you are not alone in not taking drugs, though yours was by personal choice and for that you should be applauded. Without taking them you too will never know if they could have done any good, but you should also know that not taking them certainly won't do any harm at least to your system !!
All the very best to you: