I haven’t tried or heard of this diet either, but just wanted to say “hello” and good for you for trying to eat healthier. Even if you do not strictly adhere to the diet, just cutting out some of the processed foods and eating lots of fruits and veggies has got to be good for your overall health. I personally try to eat reasonably healthy foods, but often fail miserably, especially when I’m not feeling well. Right now my fridge contains condiments, stale bread, wilted and spotted produce (hey, I had good intentions), Copaxone, and ladybugs. Pretty pathetic right? (Before you think I’m really weird for having the ladybugs, I think I’d better explain that they will go outside on the plants to eat the aphids. I will show NO MERCY to the aphids this year, lol). Anyway, I’m rambling…just wanted to say welcome!
Yes I can give some input re: diet. I was dx (8/06) and in September I started the Dr. Swank Diet for MS Patients. It was formulated in the 1970's. It too calls for no glutens, dairy, refined sugars, red meat etc. I have been able to stay on it successfully. When I started the diet I weighed 159 pounds and am now 135, going from a 10/12 to my current size 4.... yooo hooo!!! I did not do the diet to lose weight, it just happened. I will not pretend it is easy, it is a sacrifice but within about 2 months I was pretty much hooked and it was much easier to do. I only drink water also, no milk, juices, sodas. I tried fresh squeezed OJ a few weeks ago and almost got sick from the sweet taste. My body has really adapted to it.
You can order the book to see the diet in it's entirety... it does allow for more things than you might think, like all dairy is not completely excluded following certain guidelines and too alot has changed in food since the 1970's so you can find things that fit the bill that the diet might say are excluded. Stores now carry gluten free bread products.
What made it easier for me to stick with it was that I gained so much more energy. While I still experienced fatigue, I noticed I recovered quicker and could stay that way longer. Also less bowel and bladder issues. I have slipped here and there a handful of times in the past 7 months, had a slice of pizza, a burger, and I paid for it with increased fatigue and pain. So I am an advocate for the dietary therapy for symptom management. I also incorpoate a host of supplements (under the supervision of a holistic practitioner) so that I am not lacking in any vitamins I might miss by not eating certain foods. Also preparing in advance makes it easier. Try to prep breakfast and lunch items the day before, just makes it a little easier to stay with.
Hope that helped.
Yes, it does sound like you're having relapses, or exacerbations (same thing.) Usually doctors don't like to prescribe the steroids unless the relapse is causing problems with what doctors call "Activities of Daily Living", or "ADL" -- walking (like you've described), or being able to feed yourself, or dress or bathe yourself, or vision problems.
I don't know that it's a matter of "getting used" to the steroids as it is a matter that they have serious long-term side effects, over time. So doctors don't like to use them all the time, unless there is clear indication they might help.
Very often, for reasons unknown, early in the disease process people will go through 2-3 (or more) exacerbations a year, and then level off, to fewer and fewer. I hope that will begin to happen for you soon. You haven't been on the copaxone that long, either. Usually doctors like for a patient to be on it for at least a year, then decide whether it is effective, or if they should switch to one of the other medications.
Stress can indeed cause your body to do all sorts of weird things. It's impossible to avoid all stress in your life...but maybe you can find ways to avoid some of it, and manage better what is left. Take care.