Nightshades

Nightshades, something that sounds like it should be found in a home decor store, but in reality it is a category of food that is often a staple of everyday cooking. It certainly was of mine pre AIP days! I remember the first time I went shopping after making the AIP leap, wandering around the grocery store and thinking ‘what …

Dairy

Dairy, it includes all things good in the world, like ice cream. But it is also unfortunately incredibly allergenic among other issues. So what are individuals with autoimmune disease and Multiple Sclerosis to do about dairy? As with many things, the consumption of dairy is a hotly debated topic in the autoimmune world. This is due to strong arguments for and …

Gluten

Gluten has certainly got itself quite the negative reputation lately hasn’t it. Everyone seems to be trying to avoid it these days, and probably for good reason. Gluten can definitely do a number on your system, celiac or not. But let’s dive into the issue a bit further and look at the link between gluten and Multiple Sclerosis, shall we? …

Tysabri

Tysabri, also known as Natalizumab, is a once a month infusion for MS. It works differently than other MS meds by blocking white blood cells from entering the brain and spinal cord of individuals, or across the ‘blood brain barrier’. This is believed by many doctors to be a big factor in the damage caused by MS. Tysabri can cause …

Stress

Stress. That pesky five letter word that everyone in counters at various points of their life and if they say they don’t they’re probably lying. Stress can manifest itself in numerous ways in our bodies from pain to sleeplessness to forgetfulness to headaches, among many many others. But how does stress effect Multiple Sclerosis? First of all, there are two …

What to eat for MS?

I’ve gotten this question several times recently so I figured I would bring it to MS Monday and answer it here. What are the best things to be eating for MS? Depending on who we ask, this question has many different answers. If we asked Dr. Swank, Dr. Wahls, Dr. Ballantyne and our own personal doctor I’m sure we would …

Support

Having adequate supports in place while dealing with MS is incredibly important. However, what ‘proper support’ looks like for each individual may be different. Some people require a support team of many doctors, friends and family to help them out with managing their symptoms, appointments and daily tasks. While others need less around the clock support and just need a …

Oral Medications

In terms of healthcare and medicine, oral medications for MS are still considered to be in their infancy. Coming onto the market just five years ago, oral medications for MS were saviors for many. They provided relief from the injections I talked about last week and they provided hope for research of the future. When I was first diagnosed, oral …

Injections

Getting shots at the doctors sucks. Getting shots on a regular basis sucks even more. Having to give yourself shots on a weekly or daily basis sucks the most. Having an MS medication that requires you to give yourself an injection was definitely one of the worst things about the disease. At least in my opinion. But that’s the reality …

Medication Decisions

After you’ve gone over all of the blood work, the lumbar puncture results. You’ve looked at all the black-and-white images of your brain, and may or may not have received a black or white answer, your doctor brings up the last topic of your appointment. Medication ‘Medication will now be a permanent part of your life’, he says. ‘We don’t know how they …