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Ever had a day like this??

Please tell me I'm not crazy--or at least not alone :lol:

I woke up this morning and my right calf hurt like I had a pulled muscle. I have been working out regularly and figured that I just overdid it yesterday. But in the back of my mind I was probably wondering if it was the start of a relapse since my right leg is always affected. ...
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Is this "normal" for MS?

I was diagnosed in the summer of 2005 after ending up in the ER unable to speak although I was seeking answers to my symptoms since 2002. Since the attack in 2005, I have regained most of my speech (still slur some words) but have other issues such as right-sided numbness and muscle stiffness including a slight facial drop, some difficulty with my handwriting and issues with my right foot that cause minor gait problems. ...
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Varicella Zoster

1: J Neurol. 2007 Mar 31; Links
Varicella-zoster virus at relapses of multiple sclerosis.Sotelo J, Ordonez G, Pineda B.
Neuroimmunology Unit, National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery of Mexico, Insurgentes Sur 3877, 14269, Mexico City, Mexico, jsotelo@servidor.unam.mx.

The possible participation of different herpes viruses was studied during exacerbations of multiple sclerosis (MS). We searched for the presence of DNA from the following herpes viruses: varicella zoster ...
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Nicotinamide etc.

This abstract provides a rationale for the use of, among other things, niacin and nicotinamide:

Pharmacological Targeting of IDO-Mediated Tolerance for Treating Autoimmune Disease.

Penberthy WT.

University of Cincinnati, Building C Room 217A, 2180 E. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45237, USA. WTPENBER@YAHOO.COM.

Immunomodulatory factors including IFNgamma, TNFalpha, IL-1, and LPS use IDO induction in responsive antigen presenting cells (APCs) also to transmit tolerogenic signals to T cells. Thus it makes ...
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More Aggressive Forms

Along the way I've noticed that the Japanese are affected with a more aggressive form of MS as it is also speculated that African Americans, the male sex and indeed it seems that in the US, as MS strikes an increasing percentage of the population, it's been speculated that it was more aggressive when it first began it's increasing incidence which is sometimes considered to have really started rolling in the 1950's.

Of course this ...
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Question about CRAB's...

Has anyone heard of Copaxone being favored/effective only for milder cases of RRMS (i.e. situations where there is almost complete recovery and little residual symptoms), and interferon’s being favored in cases where there are more residual symptoms present with RRMS.

Or is Copaxone being used regardless of the severity of the RRMS?

Any advice/information is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Vitamin D study in Tasmania

This study appears to strongly reinforce the notion that vitamin D levels are closely associated with the amount of disability in MS:


1: J Neurol. 2007 Apr 11; Links
Vitamin D levels in people with multiple sclerosis and community controls in Tasmania, Australia.van der Mei IA, Ponsonby AL, Dwyer T, Blizzard L, Taylor BV, Kilpatrick T, Butzkueven H, McMichael AJ.
Menzies Research Institute, Private Bag 23, Hobart, Tasmania, 7001, Australia, ...
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Jimmylegs...

...sent an interesting article to you--did you get???
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Opinions, advice etc...

Yesterday I had my first appointment with an MS Specialist. The neurologist I was originally sent to was less than knowledgeable about MS, so it was necessary.

The original neurologist (11/06) suggested Copaxone, and a possible MRI in a year. Her opinion of steriods was that I shouldn't take them unless I have a debilitating attack. I have been taking Copaxone since and waiting for the specialist appointment.

The specialist after reviewing my MRI confirmed ...
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Question about MRIs

I was dx 2 years ago after brain MRI, cervical spine MRI, and spinal tap. Since then, I have been on Rebif therapy (and doing well!) I asked my neuro if I should have another MRI and she said that I really didn't need one since the dx was conclusive and since lesions come and go, it really would just muddy the waters.

I'd like to know what others have experienced in terms of follow ...
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