Heuros and Neuros
Today! Again I'm bless an old friend sep up after reading last nights blog post and offered to look after Aidan while I went to the doctor! It was so helpful especially because today was a crappy day. My balance is way out of wack!!! Sigh. I almost fell over countless time so again so glad Jaimie was able to help me out! Aidan loved making new friends and obviously enjoyed hanging out at their house. Yay for indecent kids- he didn't even flinch when I left him lol.
So I saw a new Neurologist- making the count 3 that have really followed me. This beautiful well put together lady was matter of fact to the point and AWESOME!! So helpful and honest. She obviously cares about her job and is very good at it. She is also compassionate!! Yay! She did an exam- it's always the same testing muscle strength, co-ordination, reflexes and compiling a list of symptoms. She offered me steroids which after talking with my family I am taking. She said it's a bit late in a relapse fore them but she thinks they will still help. Side note steroids (Prednison) totally suck but it's only 3 days so I know I can do it.She also suggested I taking some MS drugs to help slow down my symptoms she even gave me 3 options! What amazing service! Copaxone, Gilenya (under review but stil considered safe?), and Tysabri. So a few things to try and consider which is more than I can say about my previous Neuro experiences.
As for her opinion on CCSVI I understood her to say that she didn't really understand how the veins would effect as many symptoms as people have described. She did say that it seems that lots of people have experienced an increase in energy and that there are more people having negative side effects than are reported (mainly do to not wanting to make CCSVI look bad?). She has had patient who came in feeling like they were walking better but from her testing she saw the opposite effect. So she said be cautious of the placebo, don't get a stent (thought most aren't doing this anymore) and beware of locations that 'blow out' your valves as 'they are there with a purpose'. She did promise to follow up with me and not leave me hanging out to dry as the news suggests- admitting that she isn't an expert in veins so her ability is limited.
Oh and she was totaly suportive of having another child and gave me a positive outlook for the future suspecting that with another pregnancy and some MS drugs (new one aiming to come out next year she says?) things are changing and looking up. All good news for me I hope. Oh she also suggested I get myself a walker - and fast since I almost feel 2 times in her office and heavens knows how many times throughout the day. Oh and UBC MS clinic is going to be doing a study on CCSVI this year!! yahoo!
My thoughts after today. I'm tired, I'm worn out and 4 weeks of feeling this way is a long time. The steroids are in my system in crazy dosages and I'm even more worn out than I have been. It's 3 days and won't effect my CCSVI surgery. I still think based on my experience of vaso-dilators increasing my energy and stamina as well as the odd feeling of being strangled without the breathing trouble I don't have much to lose with going through with CCSVI at this point. The fund raiser with www.wamsfoundation.com is this Friday and I've already raised about half of what I need between donations of items and cash. I feeling optimistic and as I've said even if it's preventative in some way that would be great.