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MS, Neurologists, & Alternative Therapies- I’m currently sitting with an IV in my arm at a IV clinic- the result of yesterday’s quest to find a neurologist. I thought this would be a great time to clarify my position on the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.

My feelings toward treatment can be summed up as, “anything that gives me the best chance of beating the disease.” What do I mean? Exactly what I said-whatever gives me the best chance. Whether it is the medication prescribed to me by my neurologist, exercise, diet, acupuncture or supplements. I’m game for anything.

This isn’t political or philosophical for me: if you have something that will help, let me do the research and if it looks good, I’ll give it a try.

Do I question what my doctor tells me? Sure I do, it is my responsibility to do so as no one is going to do it for me. Can I make the claim that supplements, the paleo diet, or acupuncture absolutely help? The research I’ve done seems to indicate they have benefit, however I’m the first to admit that the experience I’ve had with them is purely anecdotal.

Lets be honest, doctors can’t cure the disease nor do they know the cause. So why shouldn’t I try? Why shouldn’t I own my relationship with the disease? Everyone should listen to their doctors, but everyone should also be in the driver’s seat of their own health.

If the worst that comes of my efforts is a healthier body despite my MS, that’s not a bad thing is it? At least I can look myself and the mirror and know I tried. If you have advice, leave it in the comments and I may just try that too. I’m always ready to be proven wrong because it is the best way to learn something new.

Until next time,

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Sean
I am a 40 year old husband and father who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. MS doesn't own me, I own it. I have run three half marathons and four ultra-marathons since my diagnosis and completed the Leduc to Camrose MS Bike tour five times. I've also run the first day of the Bike Tour twice ( The Really Long Run to End MS) . I can be reached anytime via email at sean"AT"ownmultiplesclerosis"DOT"com. Be well.

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