It was only a few short years ago that I was sitting in my neurologist’s office, looking to him in desperation for answers as to how I could get rid of my multiple sclerosis symptoms.
I was just coming out of a nasty MS attack that affected my GI tract (i.e. bowels). I was in considerable pain and the very familiar fatigue I had dealt with for 5-1/2 years was worse than ever. Doing even small, mundane tasks at home was becoming increasingly difficult.
I didn’t like the thoughts that kept creeping into my tired brain, and found myself wondering what my life would look like another 5 years down the road. It wasn’t a fun picture, in fact, it was down-right depressing.
Desperate for Help
My neurologist looked at me with compassion in his eyes when I described my new symptoms, but had no solutions to offer. “We don’t know what to do for multiple sclerosis; we just treat the symptoms as best we can with medications”.
I told my doctor I had been hearing from a few different people that changing my diet could have a positive effect, and what did he think of that? He continued in a soft voice with a sad but understanding look in his eyes, and said, “you can try that, but that isn’t going to help you”.
That sure wasn’t what I wanted to hear! “You’re a doctor for Christs’ sake, DO SOMETHING!”
No, I didn’t really say that, but his deep concern and consoling tone really pissed me off at the time. I didn’t want his pity, I wanted his help!
His lack of knowledge about dietary protocols as treatment for multiple sclerosis, I know now, wasn’t his fault. Traditional medical doctors typically receive maybe 3 weeks training on nutrition, and some don’t get that much. They learn far more about pharmaceutical drugs and how to use them to treat symptoms of disease, then about the biochemical changes the human body goes through from the food we eat.
We can’t do anything to change what kind of education our medical professionals receive, but we can seek out healthcare professionals who have the expertise, knowledge-base and skill sets that we want as patients with multiple sclerosis.
Just because your doctor doesn’t know about nutrition for multiple sclerosis, doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
If I had believed my doctor that day and just went home to come to grips with the new low my disease had taken me, who knows where my health status would be today? Probably not too good based on how quickly I was deteriorating at the time.
Instead I went home and decided to look into some of the “alternative” things I had been hearing about, specifically, dietary changes. I felt so desperate to regain at least some of my health that I figured what the hell do I have to lose?
You would think that most people who hit that rock-bottom, point-of- desperation would simply give-up and let the cane, wheel-chair and drugs take over their life. But ironically, it often becomes a launching point for them to venture into new possibilities to regain their health.
Desperation turns into being emboldened and empowered.
When I finally set my sites on starting the intense dietary program that eventually gave me my life back, it was the first time in a very long time that I felt in control of my future. I no longer felt trapped in the scary, unpredictable and devastating clutches of multiple sclerosis. I was doing something constructive to improve my health, and in a matter of a few short months it was clear that it was working.
That’s what I want for you, to feel back in control of your life.
So start digging, do some internet research, pick up a couple of good books on nutritional methods to help you with multiple sclerosis; there are plenty of them out there.
There’s no better time than now to transform your desperation into inspiration and empowerment. If I can do it, you can do it.
Wishing you happiness and good health!