Thank you very much for the replies. I appreciate hearing other's experiences so I know what to expect. The symptoms do seem to appear when I am overtired or overstressed. I am suppose to be on Copaxone, but I have not made the decision yet. Instead I have taken the low saturated fat approach with plenty of supplements. I have another MRI coming up in June and if the number of lesions increase or increase in size, I will definitely start the Copaxone. Has anyone's symptoms decreased as a result of the medications?
Thank you for sharing.
None of the meds promise to "decrease symptoms". All they promise to do is slow the course of the disease, offer an overall reduction of exacerbations (which lead to the possibility, at least, of increased disability).
But many folks find that their specific symptoms seem to lessen, or diminish in intensity while on one of the medications. Perhaps it has to do with the immune system not producing more lesions, or maybe it's a psychological benefit -- they're taking some control over their disease by doing what they can (and what has scientifically be proven) to control their disease.
While diet, exercise and some supplements -- under a doctor's supervison, as SOME supplements are actually HARMFUL, especially those that increase immune system activity -- might be helpful, there is nothing to suggest that they'll do anything to slow the course of the disease...just make you feel better, maybe lower your blood pressure, maybe reduce your weight, all good things...but nothing to actually help your MS.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....