>>Can you please post a list of all the symptoms/issues he has experienced and is experiencing now (anything unusual in ANY way)...and a timeline to go with them ('doesn't need to be "persnickety perfect")<<
Aug 2011 - present
Numbness in both legs, from the groin, inside of legs, to the toes. Feels as if feet are 'asleep.' Very poor balance, loss of dexterity, quick to fatigue, muscle hypertension after long periods of rest can result in spasms. Occasional pain, tingling, discomfort on right side in vicinity of the ascending colon. (We've been told MS reacts badly in heat, temp in Turkey was over 100 most days. Now in WNY, symptoms are slightly better, but no significant improvement.)
After spending two and a half months abroad, once back home, he began to feel pain in his side. Occasional shooting pain/tingling/discomfort.
Small itchy rashes on left inside wrist, didn't last long. Few occurences between 2009 and 2010.
Not sure if it's related or not, but in Aug 2009 while on excavation, some numbness was experienced in the right leg, beginning in upper leg. Sleeping arrangements were poor, mattress had a huge divet. All symptoms disappeared after one night sleeping in a different bed after persisting for two weeks.
Started out with mild athlete's foot summer/fall from youth hostel showers. Used medication cream, agitated skin, dried it out to cracked/bleeding. Started weeping excessively after scrubbing tea tree oil on it, raw garlic used topically ineffective. Winter became weepy, overgrown, and persistent for about 2 months. Warm tea tree oil baths helped it go away after some time.
Some symptoms of eczema, possibly fungal, reoccurred 5 and 7 years back, on his finger to the point the nail cuticle was pulled really far back from dry, flakiness.
>>Also "other", things like -
--what symptoms (or combined symptoms), or other tests/factors/genetics (?) has led to an "MS conclusion"?<<
I first speculated pressure on the sciatic nerve from an engorged sigmoid/ascending colon, pain. Started with chiropractic in Aug 2011 to rule out sciatica, the numbness is bilateral confirmed by chiropractor and neuro specialist. Chiropractor recommended MRI, which we had scheduled in early Aug. Scans done Aug 25 of brain and thoracic spine, follow up Sept 14th neuro specialist discussed hyperintensities found in both scans, which is indicative of MS, but not 100% certain. It is more likely MS from the hyperintensities on the spine. To verify suspicions, spinal tap has been scheduled. If spinal tap corroborates MRI, he would be diagnosed with MS and discuss treatment.
One aunt out of five on mother's side has severe MS.
>>--any serious 'toxin exposure' or recent vaccinations (in the past few years)<<
No vaccinations since 2003 for hepatitis (college admittance). A couple weeks of mason work (lime in mortar mix, used gloves, mask) in June. Apt in old building, if the weather is severely damp, there is visible mold on the brick wall for a couple days (once/year).
>>--known or suspected viral infections?<<
2009-2010 rapid growth of numerous plantar warts on left foot, many concentrated under big toe, treated with ACV with no reoccurance.
Wart removed in 2006 on inner left wrist.
Aside from the fact that candida is involved, his immune system seems to work great. He generally only catches a cold once every two years, and the flu once in six years. Never sore throat/inner ear infection the way I do.
>>'Sounds like you've done AWESOME research and foundation building! I'll do my best to get you a response (after your response) in the next day or two. I've got a Word file open/started now :)<<
Thanks so much, still have a lot more reading, but I needed to lay down the essentials stat. Tried to be as thorough as possible, I can elaborate more if needed. Can't tell you how invaluable your insight is on this matter!!! Many, many thanks!!