6mary6 wrote:Sorry, I don't know what to do! I'm new here and I will read everything. My Neurologist doesn't even want to talk about CCSVI, and is pushing Gilenya.
I had my CCSVI repaired in 2011. I feel great and I get a new MRI next week.
Welcome to ThisIsMS, 6mary6. You have found a supportive community of understanding friends; we are glad you have found us. There is lots of good information here to read; as questions come to you, ask away… we don't have all the answers, but we have many unique experiences and opinions we are willing to share.
From your post, I assume you are in the early stages of the relationship with your neurologist. I hope you took an actual list of your symptoms to discuss with him at your first meeting; I hope his neuro exam compared favorably with these suggestions from the University of Chicago: http://peripheralneuropathycenter.uchic ... #bloodtest
I think this section on blood tests is especially important:
Blood tests are commonly employed to check for vitamin deficiencies, toxic elements and evidence of an abnormal immune response.
Depending on your individual situation, your doctor may request certain laboratory tests to identify potentially treatable causes for neuropathy. These include tests for:
Vitamin B12 and folate levels (Additional tests for zinc, magnesium, copper, and vitamin D are also recommended jimmylegs, here at TIMS.)
Thyroid, liver and kidney functions (especially thyroid hormones testing is recommended by Kathryn Simpkins in her book, The MS Solution)
Oral glucose tolerance test (Additionally, I suggest a "fasting blood insulin test" – NOT the same as a blood sugar/glucose test.)
Antibodies to nerve components (e.g., anti-MAG antibody)
Antibodies related to celiac disease (In addition, I suggest a mannitol-lactulose test for Intestinal Permeability.)
Hepatitis C and B
Please find the Introductions forum and tell us a little bit about yourself, Mary. We look forward to getting to know you.
My hypothesis: excess insulin (hyperinsulinemia) plays a major role in MS, as developed in my initial post: http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-discussion-f1/topic1878.html "Insulin – Could This Be the Key?"