I'm sorry the year has been difficult for you. I've never heard of any of those medications you name, so I can't comment on those. I'm curious why you want to use the Metanx or Oatstraw. Do you use a traditional DMD?
As you've been diagnosed for several years, you undoubtedly have had many significant experiences that can help answer the questions of others here. Such input is welcomed anytime!
IIRC, I had Gentamycin chosen after a urine culture (that took 2 days) identified the bug I picked from the Radiology Department, while hospitalized for major kidney surgery in 1986(7?). I remember the best nurse on that floor concurring with my assessment that it made my urine smell like jet fuel. She said she could tell which patients were on IV Gentamycin by the "fragrance" in the hallways outside the rooms. Did the trick, though.
No, my Dr. said I had MS for many years before I was even diagnosed and that it wouldn't help me with my relapses. Another Dr. said that because I have some other problems that my immune system couldn't handle the suppression. So, I just take muscle relaxers when I have problems with spasms.
Cymbalta helps me with some of the pain I have. I take it for depression and found that some of my pain went away. If I miss the Cymbalta, the pain swarms me and it takes me a long while to get it back under control.
What DMD are you on? Your immune system is shot. I cannot believe the amount and types of antibiotcs they have given you...major antibiotics!!!!
Wishing you a better new year!!!
Sending feel better thoughts,
Oh my! Chemical soup you are, my dear. Yick. I'm sure you're feeling like a pin cushion and medical school experiment also. So sorry!
Can you tell when you have a UTI? I had one for over a month without even knowing it. As it was my first (lucky ducky I know) with MS. I was shocked that I felt nothing. ?!?! In my 20s they hurt like hell.
It would be great to give your immune system a chance to build up. Something that helps me alot with colds/flu - any kind of virus or infection: juice of 1/2 lemon, honey, cayenne, mashed clove of garlic in cup of boiling water.
If you want to go the herbal infusion route....oatstraw is supposed to be good for your immunity for overall health and to build a natural resistance to disease. it has antibiotic properties. vitamin A,B1, B2 D. E, Zinc, silicon and a lot of other healthy things. Another herb suggested for MS is Pau d'Arco. This one is worth Googling. Interesting history. Fights candida, natural antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobia, antifungal and antitumour. Boosts the immune system. A cup every day - consistently throughout the day to keep levels stable for all the things it is helping/fighting! This info is from a book I live by called "20,000 Secrets of Tea" by Victoria Zak. Fascinating stuff. I'll make a quart infusion of several different herbs altogether in a GLASS jar.
If you are at all interested in this stuff (I obviously think it is fascinating! Check out Susun Weed's UTube video and info. I think you can get the herbs cheaply from Carlson vitamins. Don't go to your local health food store! I have paid $7 a box that I found on line for $2.99. Definitely worth a try and great way to flush your system out of toxins. Maybe ask about Milk Thistle capsules also for your liver.....it has to be tired! That is supposed to specifically clean your liver.
Anyway. good luck. Hope I didn't bore you to death!
Ren, yes, I feel like a walking chemical tank!
I do know when I have a UTI/Bladder infection.
My immune system does need to build up. I appreciate the lemon, honey, cayenne, garlic recipe. I will try it.
I can't wait to get the oatstraw. I've never heard of Pau d'Arco. I'll look at it.
Thank you, all for your comments.