I had my second quarterly check-up (and month 4 blood tests) at the hospital today.
The MS nurse showed me the results of my last 3 months’ blood tests – which were very good I am pleased to report! Lymphocytes (the bit of my immune system that alemtuzumab killed) have recovered to 0.42, which is still well short of the target (>1.0) that we are trying to achieve before next year, but still very much on track.
All my other numbers – and I can’t stress enough, ALL my other numbers – were comfortably where they should be. My liver in particular is disgustingly healthy – the MS nurse said “robustly” – so that’s Christmas sorted, then!
We also had a nice chat about OMS. The nurse’s views chimed with my own general sense that
- although the evidence on which the OMS recommendations are based is not 100% clear and the key studies (like Swank) not well-controlled – there is certainly no harm and quite probably some benefit in following the recommendations
- placebos work so, even if the complementary therapies recommended are not directly medicinally effective, they may well work just because you believe in them – so if you’re going to do it, you may as well believe in it and
- the recommendations are generally pretty good for general health – diet and exercise and stress reduction – or at least harmless – such as vitamin D supplementation – so even if there is no specific benefit for MS, your general health will certainly benefit.
I continue to feel really well in myself. My symptoms remain stable, I am keeping up with my diet and exercise regime, and everything is awesome!