I’ve totally enjoyed the resolution of many of my MS symptoms for the past seven months, but that is changing now. (for about 1 month) It’s like someone is playing a trick on me, and taking back all the gifts I got for Christmas. The bone-crushing fatigue is creeping back; I started taking two Provigils a day without much relief. My double vision has returned–no pill for that but I should probably get some Astaxanthin. That’s IF I remember to go out and get some or ask my right-hand man (Vinny) to do it. Memory problems are again a big issue, so I probably will forget to ask. My balance is wobbly again, and of course, my gait has widened. My heat intolerance is as bad as it ever was. But the saddest thing for me is the return of my st-tt-t-tut-ttering and those dreadful long………………………………… pauses when I speak. I know how upsetting it is to my family when it happens and then it bothers me all the more. My speech was very bad for a few days, like the start of a doozy of an exacerbation. I dreaded calling the neurologist, because I’d probably be convinced to do a round of IV steroids. ( and I don’t want to do that again). I did, however, try a supplement called Inflazyme, and seemed to be helped by that. I also called the vascular doctor in Albany and will see him in 10 days, get another scan, and decide the next step. To be honest, I’ve been very bummed out about this theft of my abilities, and more Eeyore-like than I care to admit. I mean, I have/had plans to have lots of summer fun!! And I have a huge plan to walk in a marathon relay with my sisters on September 4th! I don’t know what will happen with that, but this I know: all of my MS symptoms practically disappeared when my neck veins were cleared, so this is probably a ‘restenosis’ or renarrowing of the fixed veins. I will go and have them unkinked or whatever again. And I will hope for a longer-lasting relief from the symptoms next time.
As for this blog…it’s good to be back!