I'm not real clear about your diagnosis..you HAVE been diagnosed with lupus? (Just because your mother had it doesn't necessarily mean that you have it!)
The mitral valve prolapse and bronchitis aren't related to someone having MS.
Your other symptoms do sound like what a lot of us with MS experience. But the only way you'll find out is if you go to a neurologist and get tested, as there are a lot of diseases and disorders, some of them quite treatable, that can cause many of the symptoms you're describing.
I wouldn't walk in, though, and declare "I think I have MS." Rather you'd want to tell him about your lupus diagnosis, your family history of autoimmune diseases (mother with lupus, aunt with RA), tell him your medical history (the mitral valve prolapse)
and then tell him your symptoms. Before you go in, you'll want to list the symptoms and try to remember when they first started, if they worsen (like you described in front of the pizza ovens, for example), if there are periods of the year when they're worse (some people seem to have flares in the spring; others in the fall, for example).
Sounds like you've seen a lot of different doctors. I think it's really important that you find one doctor (this can be your regular family doctor; doesn't have to be a specialist) who can follow you over time -- someone you trust, who you can call and at least report new symptoms, if there isn't a need to actually go in to the doctor. Since you've seen a lot of different ones, it will be important for you to gather up all your medical records from the various doctors, put them in some sort of chronological order, and then take them with you to the neurologist.
Don't expect the neuro to necessarily be "friendly", or willing to hold your hand or "have a good bedside manner", though! Many specialists, and neuros are sometimes notorious about this, don't really want to be personable with patients. They see their job as to examine the patient, diagnose the condition(s), and refer the patient back to their primary care physician for follow-up and continuing treatment. So if he's brusque, or impatient...try to separate his manner from his expertise, and if he seems to be working hard to diagnose your situation, he might be worth keeping until the diagnosis is reached -- and then you'd want to find a family physician, who IS trained in personable patient care! -- to follow-up treatment with you.
How can your doc say that? Is taste and smell NOT regulated by the brain? Clearly you have damage there. Sigh!!! Popsie, come see my doctor!! You deserve a good, kind neuro that will listen to you. Don't you hate when you are treated like an idiot? That so does not work for me!!
I could NEVER give up my tomatoes!! And I love a hot pepper! I don't have any love for potatoes except sweet. I have read that tomotoes are very cooling to your immune system. I eat them constantly! I try very hard to eat the "rainbow" as that seems to work for me. I am a big fan of niacin which is also found in peanuts in a very digestable form. Niacin is hugely anti-inflammatory. I don't eat lots of peanuts as they are so high in calories though. Boy do I love a bag of roasted peanuts at a ball game! This past summer I was introduced to boiled peanuts while visiting rhonda........what a new and wonderful experience that was!! Weird and yummy!!
I love all this talk about food! It is so important to find what works for you. I do believe that a whole lifestyle change is in order for this world! I do use meds but I don't assume that that will ever be enough. I want to nurture and care for this body as much as I possibly can!
Yeah my neuro is very cool. She is super into the overall health. She is completely willing to discuss diet and encourages such talk. She is supportive of my no dairy.....she is ambivelant towards gluten free. She says the research does not support gluten free. She is very very into all fruits and veggies and is up on all the supplements.
She is also very good with the traditional western meds too.
the theory is that wheat is inflammatory. The studies on that are all anecdotal though that is why I only do low gluten and not no gluten. Some of those studies showed that some did worse on no glueten. I think it is whatever works for you. For me, I need grain fiber (poor gut motility) so I won't do no wheat. I do avoid all white pasta and breads. I will eat a whole wheat product evey once in a while. I also love flaxmeal as a wheat replacement.
I think it is different for everyone. I look for what helps me feel good. I don't necessarily avoid anything based upon what the media or others say. I give it a try and decide if that is worth doing.