I went to my neurologist yesterday to have my first MRI in 3 years. I treat the MS as sort of an “out of sight, out of mind” disorder, so since it wasn’t bothering me, why pay for tests I don’t need.
Turns out, I was right. They actually thought the MRI machine was malfunctioning, because there were absolutely no new or active lesions, and the ones I did have were also gone. The only thing they could find was the scar tissue from one of the lesions that sent me to the hospital in 2003.
The conversation with my doctor was hilarious. He looked at me and said, “I feel bad, because I feel like I’m not doing my job. I could tell you that you should be on interferon, but obviously with your lifestyle changes you’re doing as good, if not better than someone who is on treatment.”
How effin’ cool is THAT?
We decided that we’ll just keep tabs once a year. Get an MRI, talk about new treatments, stuff like that. If anything comes up, I should definitely call, but he doesn’t feel there’s a need to waste my time with tons of appointments.
I ain’t complaining.
Between this, and the physical therapy I’m in to retrain my muscles to end my back pain and make everything fire properly again, it’s all looking pretty good.
Who knew that eating right, soft exercise and lack of stress actually CAN make a difference. What a shock.
I cannot stress enough how changing the small things changed the big things. Whole grains. Fruit. More vegetables. Less crap for the system to ingest. It actually does work.
But no one’s blaming you if you drink that milk shake. We’re all allowed to spoil ourselves time and again.
I also cannot tell you how important living a stress free life is. I know the world is pretty much against the idea that stress-free can exist, but it is possible. My old job literally seemed to be killing me with stress. The stress of fighting a constantly losing bureaucratic battle. The stress of watching things happen around me that I knew were bad for the business. I finally had to leave it. And you know what? Yeah, my new job causes the odd bits of stress, but since I left the library in 2004, I HAVEN’T RELAPSED once. Barely even a symptom.
Medicines are good. I truly believe in them if they help. But for those of you out there who want something more, check out books by John McDougall, or check out the MS Diet Cookbook by Roy Swank. Even if they just provide you a couple new things to add to your diet.
We’re totally celebrating this weekend.