I was sort of diagnosed with MS. My neurologist said I have the lesions on my brain and the symptoms, but after a Lumbar Puncture, I do not have the proteins in my spinal fluid. However, she put me on Avonex anyway. It makes me horribly sick, and after 3 months of taking it, I have decided to stop. I honestly believe it is making me feel worse, and is slowly poisoning me. I have been doing a lot of research, and always thought my diet soda was good for me. Now, I know that aspartame is likely the cause of my MS. I have decided to use Vegan-ism as a way to heal my body naturally. Does any one have any advice or opinions?
I am in a similar situation. My neurologist diagnosed me two years ago with MS despite the absence of protein in my spinal fluid. I was told that you are clinically diagnosed with lesions alone if you have 10 or more. I had several more than 10.
I, too, tried to maintain my symptoms and disease progression with diet but the diet I tried wasn't exactly what I needed. I'm hoping becoming Vegan will help me in a way that other diets, and medication, could not.
I started my medication therapy on Betaseron which depleted my white blood cell count and was told to stop it immediately. I switched to Copaxone which left welts and extreme burning and itching at the injection site so I stopped using that as well.
Now I'm starting this "way of life" and am hoping for good results.
I'd like to hear from you on your journey. Let me know how it works for you and some of the foods you enjoyed most.
Hi Cheryl. Regular aspartame consumption may be a contributing factor to your MS, but we now know that there are around 60 genes implicated in MS. MS may be "switched on" by environmental factors. There's a lot of research going on into the role of inflammation in MS exacerbations - inflammation doesn't only cause inappropriate immune system response in MS, but it also make the myelin covering your nerve cells more easily damaged.
The good news is that cutting saturated fat out of your diet has been shown to reduce this inflammation and many specialists are now recommending vegan diets, along with regular exercise, meditation and sun exposure to overcome MS progression.
I hope this helps, sweetie. MS doesn't need to be the end of your world. I've had MS for 15 years and I climb mountains (literally!). I do take Copaxone (I believe in covering all of my bases) along with eating vegan, meditating, doing yoga and walking my dog everyday. I make allowances for MS, but I'm in charge.
Take care and be well xxx
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