- Sex: M
- Data Quality: 1 star
- MS: 17 yrs
- Sensation: Moderate
- Overall: Mild
- Cognition: moderate
- Vision: moderate
- Speech: none
- Swallowing: none
- Upper limb: none
- Walking: moderate
- Male, 61 years
- Wichita, KS
- Primary Condition
- First symptom
Late-50ish divorced male with 3 children (all grown and with their own degrees) who has been dealing with MS for over 13 yrs. 7 years ago I had to go on SSD after over 25 yrs building airplanes (Mfg Eng) after I spent a few years in the mental health field.
In the process I have been able to develop a 'Take No Prisoners' attitude when it comes to dealing with those who are, shall we say, less than educated on the basics.
I live in a house I own and am getting fixed up with one of my kids who does not seem to want to get out.
I guess I would have to classify myself as a paragmatic nonbeliver and a first class skeptic ...
I DON'T believe that MS is an autoimmune disease (sorry, but my immune system is not the least bit BROKE and I am not going to let anyone 'mess' with it.
I DON'T believe that the drug companies have our best intrests at heart and they lie with their numbers.
I DON'T believe that MRI's are useful in tracking MS ... X-rays can 'see' broken bones, but an MRI cannot 'see' broken nerves (they need a better test first).
My theory is that something casuses the broken nerves and our immune system is doing what it should and we should trust it. I know it is a strange concept, but one that I have faith in.
So far I have not found anyone with a convincing argument that can change my mind on those issues.
Guess that is why I have done without a neruologist for the last 7 yrs and manage my MS on my own with yoga, massage therapy, a kinesologist and acupuncure (getting some great results) which is where the pragmatic part comes in. Eveything I do works for me.
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