I am not an advocate of medicinal drugs and really don’t prefer taking any medicinal drugs at all; however, sometimes you do what you need to do. As many of you know I started out my M.S. journey taking Copaxone. I injected a needle into varying areas of my body, one time each day and did not experience anything positive from that drug. I experienced difficulty breathing, lumps and bruises at the injection site and an increase of pain. The pain may not have been caused by the Copaxone but by the steroids that had flowed intravenously into my veins for four days and then via pill for another few weeks. All I know was I did not make a ton of progress on that drug so I took myself off of it.
The process to recovery took about nine months but I was doing so well that the new neurologist I went to see wasn’t even convinced I had M.S. I could feel things weren’t 100% but from his view, everything looked almost normal. After tests to prove otherwise, he had his own suggestions for drugs. Once again, the drugs he wanted to put me on were drugs that hindered my immune system rather than helping fix the problem. I don’t know about you but the idea of preventing my immune system from getting to certain parts of my body especially my brain, didn’t sound like such a good plan. As a matter of fact, it seems down right dangerous. A danger I wasn’t willing to take in spite of my immune system attacking my myelin sheath.
It was recently this year that my mom reminded me of a medicine I read about early on in my journey. It was a low money making, non advertised drug called Low Dose Naltrexone. The drug is not pushed by any pharmaceutical company because it is a compound drug. It is made in a compound pharmacy. Long story, short, I researched this medicine and talked to my Integrative doctor and he supported the idea of trying this medicine. Some people have found significant results and others minor results.
I have been on it for just over three months. Just two weeks ago I was beginning to think it wasn’t working and then I slowly realized the positive progress I had made. Just two months ago I could barely stand in the kitchen five minutes before I would have to get my walker to sit on while I cook. I was having incredibly painful experiences in my arms during intimacy and that has fully subsided. I have had more leg stamina while out walking as well and for months I was having to apply essential oils on my legs to calm the pain almost every day and I haven’t had to the last few months either. I am so very grateful for this medicine. I really have experienced positive results from this medicine!
Here is an explanation of what the medicine does according to the description on the http://www.lowdosenaltrexone.org/ website.
“A small dose of the drug taken nightly at bedtime triples the endorphin levels in the body all of the next day restoring levels to normal. Since endorphin levels are low in people with MS, immune function is poorly orchestrated with significant impairment of the normal immune supervisory function of CD4 cells. In the absence of normal orchestration of immune function, some of the immune system cells “forget” their genetically determined ability to distinguish between the body’s 100,000 unique chemical structures (called “self”) and the chemical structures of bacteria, fungi, parasites and cancer cells (called “non-self”). With this loss of immunologic memory, some cells begin to attack some of the body’s unique chemical structures. In the case of people with MS, the tissue attacked by immune cells (particularly macrophages) is primarily the myelin that insulates nerve fibers. These attacks result in scars in the brain and spinal cord called plaques. LDN in such patients works by restoring endorphin levels to normal, thereby allowing the immune system to resume its normal supervision and orchestration.”
This drug doesn’t only help M.S. patients! It helps people with:
Other Autoimmune Diseases:
There is still so much more I can share with you about this medicine. It is not a miracle drug but it has been shown to help many people with varying issues. This coming from someone who really does not like taking medicine, I encourage you to look into this medicine and see if it is right for you or your loved one. We must choose the better of the options for our bodies. Everything we put into them will have an effect, whether good or bad. I am praying for you to have wisdom for the supplements and medicines you put into your precious body. You are worth it!
P.S. This medicine is not covered by most insurance companies; however, it is affordable for most people at about a $1.00 a day.