Hi. I've only been on DailyStrength a short while and not frequently. Here's my story (I'll try and make it short - LOL): saw neuro 9/08 after finally getting ins and having 15 months of tingling/weakness/numbness from waist down; MRI's of the spine and brain and spinal tap - no brain lesions, spinal tap positive, and 2 fairly large lesions on spine; 11/08 got 2nd opinion from MS specialist - did the antibody blood test for Devic's and a VEP - blood test negative and VEP normal; last visit was 1/29/09 - with all results in, he doesn't want to officially diagnose MS or Devic's and wants to repeat the MRI's in 6 months. Haven't had significant progression of symptoms, but I'm a little concerned about my legs weakening and my balance being off somewhat. OH, almost forgot, I also have lower back pain!!! That is my main question regarding LDN. I am currently taking Tramadol and Ibuprofen for my back pain 2x a day and it makes things pretty tolerable. From what I've read, I would need to go completely off the Tramadol for 10 days to 2 weeks prior to starting LDN. So my main concern is whether I would get the same relief from the back pain using LDN . . . My neuro is willing to write the Rx for LDN anytime I call him. It would really be nice to have some relief from the tingling/weakness/numbness and have better balance, but I can deal with those symptoms much more than the back pain. Also, I find that I need 8-10 hours of sleep a night AND a 1-2 hour nap each day. Does LDN help with fatigue? It's a little frustrating reading some of the stuff about LDN and the fact that doctors don't seem too excited about its possibilities. I also read that insurance may not cover the cost. What do you know about that? Sorry this is so long and wordy, but I've searched all over the net for answers and finally decided I'd go right to the "source" and find someone with firsthand experience. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
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