If in fact you have a vitamin deficiency -- as in, your blood has been tested and it shows that you have a B12 deficiency -- then injections are in order. Blood tests for B12 (and other deficiencies) should have been part of the testing done to determine whether you have MS (a long-term B12 deficiency can lead to some neurological deficiencies). But it would be very unlikely that your doctor wouldn't have told you that, and ordered the shots, if indeed you have a deficiency, so demanding B12 shots from him won't get you very far. They're expensive, obviously intrusive, and not helpful unless you are lacking B12.
I've not heard that vitamins A, C and E are detrimental, but of course I'm not "up" on all the latest medical literature :( But taking a multivitamin certainly would not harm you, and may be helpful, particularly if you don't eat a balanced diet.
We Americans are "blessed" with food that has been fortified -- read the labels, and you'll find that things like milk, juices, breakfast cereals, breads -- all sorts of things have been fortified. Some will claim to provide "100% of your daily nutritional needs". So if you eat a variety of those things, you'll generally get MORE than enough of the basic vitamins to meet your health needs. There is some evidence that people in general lack vitamin D -- that vitamin that you can get from sun exposure (among other sources), so 15 minutes in the sun, in teh cooler parts of the day (like early morning, late afternoon) could be helpful.
I take a multivitamin..when I remember it, and lutein (a vitamin supplement for my eyes). That's pretty much it.
Please do this, though: if you start taking ANY supplements...even vitamins, even "natural supplements", over-the-counter stuff -- anything added like that to your daily routine, please make sure you tell your doctor what you're doing. You may choose to continue to take those things even if he advises against it..but at least he'll know what else you're taking, should there be any health problems down the road.
are you taking any of the immune drugs like copaxone, tysabri or the interferons? when you do have an attack do you get steroids?
Hi Barb -
Well, what I can suggest is have your dr do a mineral test on you to find out exactly what you are deficient in.. One of my docs did that and found out all kinds of stuff. I always thought that my multivitamin was enough, since it was for the 'essential' vitamins and minerals, but I was wrong. My tests came back very low in several minerals that would cause many symptoms of MS (I was being evaluated for MS as well, I did test positive for Lyme, but I'm not going to go down that road on this forum ;o) ). When they do a mineral eval, they cut a snippit of hair for analysis as well. I'm at work now and can't remember exactly everything w/o the paperwork of the results, but to say the least, I'm now taking a ton of minerals on top of antibiotics for the Lyme.
Fair warning!! This is not cheap by all means if you have a bunch of deficiencies like I do. I was hoping some of the stuff could be prescribed, but of course no! I'm now on COQ10, Iodoral, Lithate, Vanadium, Throid, Germanium, Copper, B12, plus about 5 others specifically to help w/my Lyme and the yeast infection in my blood. The most expensive of these is the COQ10, with the Germanium coming in second ($54, $43). Oh yes, I will be shopping around for this stuff before my 30 day supply is up. Basically if your not financially prepared to fight this stuff, it can be pretty overwhelming. I'm hoping I can find all my stuff cheaper online.
Boy this is getting long... ;o) I previously was on a multivitamin, omega 3 and b12 (over the counter). My neurologist added a diabetic b12 + other b's (prescription) pill to the regimine on top of my neurontin (900 mg/day). My Lyme dr added 11 more mineral supplements after my mineral tests (this includes ANOTHER b12 but in liquid form) AND 2 different antibiotics! UGH! I'm currently taking 29 freakin' pills a day.
So again, I do think everyone here should get a mineral analysis done on them especially if you are in Limboland like I was for the last 9 1/2 mos. But that's just my opinion, I try to use them sparingly! ;o) I hope this helped you some.
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—Robert Francis Kennedy
Drugs, minerals and vitamins. Oh My! - Neurontin, Metanx, Omega3, Ultra Flora, Nystatin, VitB12+ (liquid and pill), Cat's Claw(Samento), CoQ10, Iodoral, Lithate, Vanadium, Nature-Throid, Germanium, Copper, Zyth and Amox.