Welcome to ThisIsMS, Bkank829. We are glad to share our experiences and opinions with you. My own unique opinion is centered on insulin; it is a highly irritating hormone and, I think, can be responsible for many of my MS symptoms.
Normally, the body produces insulin in response to blood glucose, which comes from the diet mostly. However, there can be other sources: mucus (as from a sinus infection) is heavily glycosylated; glucocorticosteroids (e.g., oral prednisone or IV Solu-Medrol) can also raise blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels go up, the insulin level also rises in an effort to lower blood sugar back to normal. BUT the body always overcompensates with the amount of insulin. In my opinion, it is this excess insulin that initiates the cascade of MS symptoms. It affects many parts of the body.
I suggest that you request your GP to order a "fasting blood insulin test" – this is NOT the same as a blood glucose test, which is used to determine diabetes. Whereas the glucose test is VERY common, the insulin test is NOT done routinely and must be requested specifically. The optimal result for the insulin test is 3 UU/ML or lower. My insulin results have never been below 9 UU/ML.
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?"