When I first met Dr Slavin this past summer, he hadn't yet had an MS patient who was a early-on as I. I was newly diagnosed, and had only very minor symptoms so far.
Hell, by the time I got the treatment - and that took a while - I still hadn't progressed much further. It wasn't exactly a long time, and LDNs were slowing things down.
Now I'm 7 weeks post infusion, and I am starting to notice SERIOUS changes. Tingling and in my left hand, which have been constant for more than a year - since before my diagnosis - are not gone, but much less. I can feel where the fingers are again, without looking, and when I touch things, I feel them almost normally. This has been my most constant symptom, and it is gone.
I don't itch in that arm, or in my neck, anymore. That itch would come and go sporadically, but I haven't felt it at all since Greece.
My balance is not back to normal, but I am working on it (Yoga classes, Wii Fit games, physiotherapy, Kickboxing) and I am confident of getting it back.
Speaking fo all those activities - my fatigue is gone. For years before I was diagnosed I lacked motivation and had to will myself to do those sorts of things, often failing. Now I am trying classes and sticking to them, getting my work done EARLY like I always wanted to, and exercising constantly.
I also don't overheat anymore. I break a sweat and just keep going. I've even started to take hot showers again. Not just hot, but when I'm sore from a workout, I stand under scalding water to relax the muscles... and then I go out and I am full of energy!
In the last 7 weeks I was beginning to become pessimistic about the results of the infusion - it seemed nothing was happening. Then I started to notice these things slowly, and I didn't say anything about them to anyone because I wasn't CERTAIN. I am sure, now.
Not all my symptoms are gone - there's still some tingling in my hand, and when I push myself or get stressed my spasming returns a bit, and I wake up with headaches a lot of mornings, etc - but the changes are outstanding! I can't wait for my 3 month MRI!
My biggest fear now is another relapse. As I understand it, relapses stop for 3 to 5 years after an infusion, but that doesn't stop me from worrying. Things are going amazingly well, so I'm watching for that other shoe.