This is my own very personal story of how my multiple sclerosis went into remission. It is an unlikely, but not impossible, event. Consult with your medical professional to find the best treatments for you which must be individualized because we are all different. I believe that recovery usually involves medical treatments with alternative treatments that are beneficial for that specific person.
Here are some of the rave reviews:
“Thank you for sharing your story Dr. Fox. As an incoming first year medical student, this book provided me with a unique perspective on the difficulties patient experience while dealing with diseases such as MS. In addition, it also helped me understand the importance of treating the patient rather than the disease. The use of precision medicine in the form of combination medicine is incredible. Again, thank you for sharing your personal life. I will recommend this book to all of my fellow colleagues!”
“Thank you Dr. Steven Fox for giving your audience a personal glimpse into your journey with MS. I finished the book cover to cover in a day and felt your pains as if they were my own and to witness how you found ways to heal and deal with your MS, abuse, loss brought me much enlightenment for my own journey.”
“This book has tons of MS information I never acknowledged or knew about. I thought this book was extremely helpful for those suffering from MS because it actually explains a real life experience from the author himself who recovered from MS. I would recommend to anyone who wanted first hand experience with MS.”
“This book had different approaches with dealing with MS and ways you can recover from MS that aren’t talked about publicly or that I have seen in other books or articles. This book really did make a difference of how I view life with MS.”
“I have a different outlook on a devastating disease. He gives hope and meaningful suggestions to conquer the beast of MS.”
“I love everything about this book!!!! Very useful information. Thank you, Dr Fox.”
I am humbled and grateful~Steven Fox Ph.D.
A study involving MS patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis was conducted at the Oregon Health and Science University. People who took lipoic acid had less brain atrophy. There was less brain tissue loss with people who used lipoic acid compared to a control group. The results were promising enough that phase 2 studies are being conducted regarding the safety and efficacy of lipoic acid.
This study caught my eye because I use alpha lipoic acid because it is good for skin. I wonder if the alpha lipoic acid that I have been taking for years was one of the many factors that sent my primary progressive multiple sclerosis into remission. I also take DMAE for skin, but know of no studies regarding its effect on MS.
I think many healthy practices can combine to help MS patients. For example, it is recommended that people drink 8 glasses of water per day (this is especially true in Arizona where I live). You can see the many healthy practices I used at https://www.amazon.com/Multiple-Sclerosis-Mission-Remission-Healing-ebook/dp/B07D7JBZ5L/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1529367853&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=multiple+sclerosis+Mission+remission
Ocrevus was approved by the FDA in March of 2017. It is the only medication approved for primary progressive multiple sclerosis although it can also be used for relapsing-remitting MS. It has a different method of dealing with the immune system.
Most MS drugs modify the T-cells of the immune system. Ocrevus is one of the only drugs that targets the myelin-attacking mature B cells.
Ocrevus changes the B cells of the immune system which is, so far, more successful.
Ocrevus slowed the progression of primary progressive MS, which is the most severe form of multiple sclerosis. It also reduces disease activity. It is always good to have things quiet down with MS.
Primary progressive MS affects about ten percent of people with multiple sclerosis. It’s the type of multiple sclerosis that I have. How it was sent into remission is described in my book at https://www.amazon.com/Multiple-Sclerosis-Mission-Remission-Healing-ebook/dp/B07D7JBZ5L/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1529367853&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=multiple+sclerosis+Mission+remission
What follows is my answer to a young man to the above question.
“I am going to give you a hopeful answer based on 26 years of living with this disease. I was on all the ABC-R medications, but continued to get steadily worse. By the time I had it for 10 years, it was evident that it was primary progressive multiple sclerosis by the intensity of the symptoms. I had a plastic brace the length of my right leg, numbness in arms and legs, used a four-point cane, and needed a wheelchair for anything like flying and going to the airport. If I ventured out to see sights like Las Vegas, I was able to see the sights only because kind relatives pushed me in a wheelchair.
Then the beginning of what I now call my “functional healing” started when I found an experimental treatment my neurologist at Barrow Neurological Institute agreed to do with me involving steroids and cytoxan. The whole thing is too complex to describe here as it was concurrent with I say about twenty other alternative treatments. This whole mix of Western medicine, Eastern approaches and methods, and generally healthy things to do is described in my latest book, “Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission: Healing MS Against All Odds.”
The critical thing to know is that I believe MS is probably due to a large number of converging factors. Make medicine your base and aid it with alternative methods that do no harm and can do a lot of good. I still have MS, but MS does not have me. At this time, I have no major symptoms after 26 years, but that does not mean you stop taking the medicine. I continue to have Tysabri infusions every six weeks, am married, and have a full time private practice as a clinical psychologist.
It is an overwhelming diagnosis. Give yourself time and develop whatever spirituality you have. Medicine + alternative approaches + good relationships + spirituality + meaningful work was my personal formula to functional healing. Some part of that might be part of your solution. My book is really about some ways of finding what is right for you which will be personally unique.
My approach to living successfully with multiple sclerosis is described in my book “Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission: Healing MS Against All Odds.” It is available at https://www.amazon.com/Multiple-Sclerosis-Mission-Remission-Healing-ebook/dp/B07D7JBZ5L/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1529367853&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=multiple+sclerosis+Mission+remission