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Monday, January 6, 2014

What Does Your MS Look Like?:


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Mine is kind of a cross between them all, with a little of #12 mixed in. LOL :0P  
In other words use your imagination, this ought to get you started.





Multiple Sclerosis is typically diagnosed in the brain via MRI. 
Degeneration of the spine is usually confirmed via Spinal Tap.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Vitamin D and B-12 Levels In MS:



 For those of you wondering about Vitamin D levels, or have heard someone mentioning something about them and MS lately, have a look at this.  Listed below are my Vitamin D results that initially determined just how low my levels were.  This test was taken in 2010 approximately a year after my initial MS diagnosis. 



If you have clinically diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis you may have low Vitamin D levels, not always true in every case, but highly likely.  You need to be taking Vitamin D daily!!!  Many with Multiple Sclerosis are thought to have problems with Vitamin levels specifically D and B-12, ranging from very low levels to total deficiency. 




Have your doctor check your Vitamin D levels ASAP.  Additionally have your doctor check your B-12 levels as well.  You may also have Pernicious Anemia (Vitamin B-12 Deficiency) like myself and have to take a B-12 injection monthly.  My initial B-12 test was done days before my MS diagnosis back in 2009.  You may see results of my B-12 test below showing on the lower end of normal.




Results Of My Initial Vitamin D Test

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Results Of My Initial Vitamin B-12 Test

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I still can't believe my Vitamin D was initially 9.5 ng/mL and normal is 31.0-80.0!!!  I would have never known I was that low, if I had not decided to ask my doctor to test my levels.  I now take Vitamin D daily at least 800 IU and that might not even be enough.  I also take a B-12 injection monthly as mentioned previously, due to abnormal levels.




FOR MORE INFO:

THE ROLE OF VITAMIN D IN MS FOR DUMMIES

VITAMIN D AND MS IS THERE ANY CONNECTION?

 MORE INFO ABOUT PERNICIOUS ANEMIA (VITAMIN B-12 DEFICIENCY)

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS vs. PERNICIOUS ANEMIA