Sunday, 22 November 2015

Week 17.
Pretty much the same as previous week. There are small but detectable movements – nothing big, but enough to support the whole thing.

Week 18.
“Another small step for MS man”. One of the favourite excercises for those of limited mobility is to tap their toes. Physio had me trying this, this week. So I can tap my right foot with ease, but the left is another matter. I can “feel” the left toes trying to move, but that is it. However, the physio said that she could see very small movements in the shoe itself – not enough to call it tapping, but moving just the same.

And a warning:
The week brought a new problem that could potentially impinge in all who take high-dose Biotin. Cerenday have highlighted the fact that a (large) number of blood tests rely on Biotin (or rather on being able to detect traces of the stuff). It looks like there is a need to “flush” the system before a sample is taken for any of these tests. Go to:
and read the thread – notably page 8.  I am having a sample taken in four days time for one ofd these tests so I am stopping now.

Week 13.
No change that I can detect. Movement in left knee as not so good, but this came down to stiffness in the knee that went with the application of a heating pad.

Week 14.
The same as last week. The tiny improvements are still there, but have not improved.
As side effects, my hair seems a touch thicker, but nails still break just as easily.

Week 15.
The tiny improvements continue. Movement in the ankle is definitely there, but it is just as much felt, as observed.

Week 16.
The ankle movement has now been observed by a physiotherapist. I am back to having physio regularly, so improvements are open to independent verification. Some of my left leg movements can also be detected.  So, there are several “improvements” since I started Biotin (300mg daily). None of them are big enough to make any difference to my EDSS score, but the improvement in my left ankle movement can only help the FES to reduce the effect of the dropped foot. As an aside: both my MS Nurse, and Neuro are supportive of me taking Biotin.