Well I seem to have platued a bit in my recovery. I haven't been feeling like I've improved any over the past week or so. I don't feel worse, but had been feeling "good progression" for a few weeks there. I have noticed that I have also been feeling the winter blues somewhat. Not in my attitude, but rather in that way that all of us MS'ers know; the cold somewhat locks you up. I've been stiff as a board in the mornings and have been doing a lot of shivering. When I get cold, it's not good. I start shaking like a dog shitting a razorblade and can't stop until I get REALLY warmed up. So the winter is always hard on me as I get stiffened up.
So nothing bad to report, but nothing good either. Me and Randi (fellow stentoneer) went to get MRI-SWI's last week up in Michigan and that was cool, but we didn't get to get imaged in a 3T machine like he wanted to do since we couldn't find the exact model of stents to clear us for stronger imaging. Probably would have been safe, but didn't want to find out the hard way be heating up my stents to about 150 degrees! I have been feeling like some spasticity is creeping back into my left leg, especially around the knee and calf areas. I'm not limping like I was before all of this, but it's starting to feel tight. Now that's not a new symptom, it's not worse than it was (it's still way better than it was) so I'm not panicking or anything like that. It's just that I don't feel as rock solid as I had been. Hopefully that's one of two things; the cold, or the LDN as I've read that it can temporarily crank up spasticity and I've increased to the max. dosage of that stuff here in the last few weeks. Maybe I have to scale back to 3 mg vs. 4.5 mg. That's the way you do it, you scale up to 4.5 mg every night, and peel back to 3 mg if you are having issues.
So I'll give it another week at the 4.5 mg and if it's still there, I'll pull back to 3 mg. But if that doesn't do it, then I don't know what I'm going to do! I was getting quite used to feeling like each week was a little bit better than the previous week. I go through this every winter it seems, so I don't think I can completely discount the effect that the constant cold has on me. I absolutely hate the cold worse than the heat. I remember when I first got MS I was so heat affected that I would stand outside in the snow with a T-shirt on to cool off and get my eyesight to 'come back'. Not anymore! So I'll post again in a week or so and let you all know the rub. Even though this isn't as upbeat of a post as the last few, I can still say with out quesion that I'm firmly on the good side of my new litmus test for this procedure which is this: In the last 8 years I could never say "these last six months were better than the previous six". I can now and still would have a long way to go down to NOT be able to say that. So let's just hope my histrionic ass can get through the winter!