The event that precipitated my MS happened in 1995 when an incident put me in the hospital, septic, for 5 days. When I went home to recuperate, I developed shingles, finally semi-recovered from that, and was almost totally numb from mid-ribcage to my toes in the right from then on. To describe it to the doctor, I said "I could skin myself and I would feel nothing". Finally, I was diagnosed in 2004, went on Avonex (which did no good), and Doxycycline and Rifampin, (which did, though I didn't know it for 9 months). I now have 90% of the feeling back on my right side.
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.