I was diagnosed with Relapse Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in March of 2008. I have been living with the diagnosis now for almost 6 years….although I now know that I have been living with MS for many years pre-diagnosis. At first I had relatively few symptoms and they would come and go. This type of MS is called Relapse Remitting. When I was first told I had MS, in all of the confusion, I immediately went on Copaxone with the advice of my Neurologist. I did not like using drugs and there was really no solid evidence that the drug was working for anyone. It was very expensive and who knows what harm it was doing to my body. I decided to go off the pharmaceutical drug and try to keep things in check with the Swank Diet. I followed the Swank diet for a year full out, but at that time I was not as symptomatic as I am now so it is hard for me to say whether or not the diet was helpful back then. I switched from the Swank Diet to a vegan diet and have been following that for over 4 years now. In December of 2012 I gave up gluten after reading many testimonials about how eliminating gluten has helped many with MS.
In the grand scheme of things, I feel well at the core, but my symptoms of MS are coming on strong. My Neurologist believes I have now graduated from Relapse Remitting MS to Secondary Progressive MS. This Secondary Progressive is the label you get when your symptoms don’t go away. They just hang around all day, every day.
My ability to walk has diminished in a big way. I am now very heat sensitive so it is hard for me to sit in the sun and get that prescribed “natural” vitamin D from the sun. When I analyze my growing list of symptoms and how they are affecting my quality of life….it is time for me to switch things around and see if I can find the “magic bullet” for my body. It is different for all with MS. There is no “one size fits all” with this crazy condition.
I have been seeing a very knowledgeable Naturopath this summer and he and I have been discussing my options. The Swank diet is one of them. The other is the Prokarin Disc which is a transdermal patch of histamine and caffeine. This Prokarin patch was invented by a nurse, Elaine Dulac, who also has MS. She did research on histamine and caffeine and came up with the patch. It is not widely used but I was able to get my hands on a good supply and will likely try a few months of the Prokarin. If it does not give me significant results then I will definitely be revisiting the Swank Diet.
Below is a video from Nutritionorg.com regarding the Swank Diet. It is very interesting. Statistics prove that this particular way of nourishing a body with Multiple Sclerosis is a good approach. I will certainly post on the results from trying the Prokarin patch and the Swank Diet in future articles once I have given both options a good trial. Here’s hoping that one of them is my “magic bullet”.