MS Awareness Month begins on March 1, just three days away, so it is just the right time to look at how many of us are living with the disease, and to look ahead to taking part in, supporting, and having fun enjoying its activities,
“Hi, how are you?” is, perhaps, today’s less formal equivalent of the traditional and polite greeting “How do you do?” Of course, the greeting is only a rhetorical question and usually we say some form of “I’m fine, thanks.” Sometimes, we say it even when we could feel better. When you have a serous illness, … Continue reading Just how are you coping with your health?
Two reports from the multiple sclerosis get-together in Paris, held last week, caught my attention. The session was a joint meeting of ECTRIMS and ACTRIMS, the European and Americas Committees for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis. Both items from Paris are of special interest to me, as I have personal experience of them. The … Continue reading New MS studies unveiled at Paris meeting
A new study has underlined the value of vitamin D in the fight against multiple sclerosis. People with low levels of vitamin D are at greater risk than others of developing MS, a new study shows. The study looked at stored blood samples of 800,000 pregnant Finnish women. Vitamin levels of 1,092 women, who were … Continue reading Link between low levels of Vitamin D and risk of MS ever stronger
I have written before about vitamin D and autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis. What’s more, I take a daily supplement of 5,000 IU (international units) of vitamin D3. That started when I was found to be deficient in the vitamin last October. D3 is the main element, one of many, in an MS treatment protocol … Continue reading Coimbra’s high dose vitamin D treatment for MS and other autoimmune diseases works, say patients
We all know, because we have heard it so many times, that MS is not the same for everyone -- that no two people have exactly the same combination of symptoms. That got me thinking the other day (pause for call-outs or derision) about the number of symptoms there are, and which ones I have … Continue reading Let’s Compare MS Symptoms, and How We’re Handling Them
So, I’m four weeks on from starting to take vitamin D supplement. How’s it going? To be honest, I did not expect much. How could a vitamin make any difference to the multiple sclerosis symptoms that are so much part of my life? What affect could vitamin D have? I would not have started taking the … Continue reading Heeding Advice About Vitamin D Supplement Results in Improvements
Almost two years ago my multiple sclerosis nurse, at one of my six-month check-ups, suggested that taking a vitamin D supplement might be a good idea, even though my vitamin levels had not been measured. He said it was not proven to help people with MS, but it couldn’t hurt. Well, that last part wasn’t … Continue reading Is vitamin D supplement responsible for improvements?
Many people voiced their concerns to me about anyone with MS moving to live in a sunny climate. That worry is understandable. With a disease that includes heat sensitivity, where even a hot shower can make you worse, how can any MS patient move to live in an area where daily temperatures average 22 degrees Celsius … Continue reading Taming Heat Sensitivity at 100 Degrees
It is not just those of us with multiple sclerosis, now everyone living in the UK is being recommended to consider taking vitamin D supplements in autumn and winter. And this comes from the country’s top public health advisers. A government-commissioned report has set the recommended levels at 10 micrograms of the vitamin a day, … Continue reading Official Advice: ‘Take Vitamin D Supplements’