Waiting .... waiting... it is over. Congratulations to you, Sarah, on this great success with very far-reaching implications. And on the fortitude it takes just to do all this every day. The rewards are or can be truly precious- the ability to walk, think, ride a bike, and maybe even run again some day.
For my own current chapter, I have to relate that my hips don't hurt. Sounds pretty mundane but for about five years they have made walking, bending and turning over in bed increasingly agonizing. For the last month or two there has been a lessening and now a ceasing of symptoms. I stopped, after first lowering the dosage a month ago, taking glucosamine/chondroitin. Five years ago I saw the response of our 12-year-old Great Pyrenees to this and started taking it. Now my shoulders ache. Maybe I just didn't have enough mental attention left after working around my hips to notice my shoulders but I do now. I don't know what the mechanism is but I can live with this easily. Besides, maybe it will go away as so many things are. It is also eight days again since my Avonex and my walking and energy levels are about half my norm of past years (up from a (generously) 5% what they were four months ago) Another sympton, so noticably diminioshed, is my version of spasticity. I no longer have a fairly violent "stretching" episode after sitting or upon lying down. This has been going on for years- at least four or five of increasing severity. It is almost normal instead of involuntary. Needless to say, I am overjoyed with what is happening to me.
I have a question. The other day Sarah said "take ___ on an empty stomach. I am taking whatever it was with everything else. I cannot find that posting. Does anyone remember what it was? Thanks.
This is for Roy- be hard on yourself. If they come, and I believe they will, the rewards are many and abundant. But as you said, nothing is free. We are here to support or scold, whichever you need. Just yell.
2010 5 years 4 months Now on Amoxicillin, Doxy, Rifampin, Azith, and caffeine in addition to flagyl. 90% normal good days-50% normal bad days. That is a good thing.