Sorry I havn't given an update recently. I had planned to at the two month intervel, but chose to delay it due to a new attack starting up just beforehand.
Yes, a new attack.
I decided to let my pessamism run it's course, along with the emotional instability that grabs ahold of me every time an attack starts. All that, piled on top of having to explain all of my wierdness to a girl I was very interested in (yes, I said "was") made me decide to wait and see exactly how this attack played out.
I'm happy to say today that this attack hasn't been anything near the other full blown attacks I've had. It's even been mild compared to the one that started just before I took my dose of helminths, which had made my other attacks seem like the sinking of the Titanic. The only thing that I would say is comparable would be the time when my toes went numb for about a month after sitting in strenuous positions for long periods.
I say it's a compareable experience because mainly because it's only affected a localized area. It started with a tingling-numb sensation in my lips, which spread through the upper-right side of my face. A week and a half into it, I can feel normal sesnation returning to the affected areas, especially today. My "usual" course tends to consist of two weeks of deterioration, followed by a plateu of another two weeks and a slow recovery.
I had some noticeable worsening of motor symptomes in my right leg and arm, but only for a few days.
Now for my thoughts on what it all means.
Of course, I immediatly had the thought that the worms weren't working, that I would be back to square one. But then I asked myself, if I had been put on CRABs two months ago, and this attack had started, what would my neuro say? He would likely tell me to be patient, that the drugs don't have a full effect untill six months or more after starting. From what we know of helminthic therapy, it may also have a period where it takes a while for the body to "acclimate" to it's new conditions. After all, retooling the body's immune system is no small task.
The recovery from this attack will surely be of interest as well. If this was set to be an attack like the ones I've experienced before, but remains as limited as it has, it may actually be a sign that the worm are working well. Of course, what would have happened otherwise is anyone's guess.
There's also the idea that whatever's happening right now is not so much the product of the what I'm doing at the moment, but the result of what I've been doing for the past six months/year, ect. I'm less inclined to believe this, as this attack started shortly after a very long and stressfull day of waking up at 3:00 and spending the next 24 hours travling by bus and driving. I do believe the stress factor was likely a big player.
Allergies? Doing fine! In a year when so many others are suffering even more than usual, I'm breathing easy
Within the next few weeks, I hope to get my blood tested to check for signs of anemia. I also want to do a stool test, to be sure that the worms did in fact take (in the case that they didn't, that could certainly explain a lot.)
That's it for now. Just hoping that things continue recovering well as I come out of this latetest one.