As mentioned, I got in to see my doctor on May 24. This was unexpected as his schedule was so backed up, I was being told that I wouldn't get in until September at the earliest. I was quite suprised and relieved to see him as I had been able to go by and have a blood drawn to check my liver, and wanted to find out what the results where.
As it turns out, I'm in the process of growing a second liver as a redundant system. No, just kidding. My liver is fine. This is good news as I was concerned about some pain I was having in my back towards the lower lateral on the right side, which also extended around my oblique to my abs. Very strange as I don't often have pain.
Well, as it turns out, that pain was greatly increased on Monday of last week when I really pushed myself at the gym while doing weight lifting that targeted that area of the back. I pushed myself hard and my back responded in kind. It became quite obvious that the pain was muscular in nature. And interestingly, over the next day or two, the pain begain subsiding greatly, contiuing to this day to subside so that it's a very dull ache and only when I kind of twist around to see if it's still there. The next day I'll be lifting weight targeting that part of my back will be Monday, so we'll see how it goes.
That's only part of the good news. Another part of the good news is that during my meeting with my doctor, he agreed that I should continue the CAP since I am having gradual improvement. He also was agreeable with the idea of extending the CAP from the Wheldon protocol to the Stratton protocol if I decided I wanted to try that; however, he did suggest that unless I feel like I've plateaued and am not progressing, to not take that step. I'm in agreement though my nature is to plunge ahead, full steam. So I will continue with the Wheldon protocol and see how it progresses, perhaps for another six months.
Interestingly, when I was visiting with my doctor, he began telling me about several studies he's seen this year concerning vitamin D. This studies concerned several researchers who looked at blood tests from American military people and followed them over time to look at the correlation between vitamin D and the risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis. The study showed a linear relationship between levels of vitamin D and risk of developing MS. He also mentioned another study done in Canada where the researcher concluded that 4000 IU of vitamin D daily was necessary for people living in northern latitudes. I don't know the details of that study fully, but it was quite interesting to hear this information coming from a doctor. He is very much out of the norm for doctors and I'm quite glad to have access to him
So I listened to him talking about these studies with an occasional smile on my face. I had to tell him that I've been at or near 4000 IU of vitamin D daily since the fall of 2001. He and I agreed that this is probably why my condition didn't continue to progress as it had been the year before I began taking it. Whew! Glad I put the breaks on it when I did. Now with the CAP, my condition will hopefully continue to go in reverse.
But in any case, just thought I'd share a bit of good news. :-)