If Propofol sounds vaguely familiar to you it’s because it is the same drug that Michael Jackson overdosed on while using it as a sleeping aid. But it’s also the best damn MS treatment I’ve ever received since my diagnosis sixteen years ago bar none. If you’re not familiar with Propofol it’s a fairly new anesthesia medication that is administered via intravenous infusion just before surgery. And if used correctly it is a much safer drug that also has far fewer side effects, then many other drugs such as Ether or Sodium Pentathol that were used previously for the same purpose. In my case it was used for both a Colonoscopy many years ago and more recently for a Hernia operation.
In both cases where Propofol was used I can not stress enough at how much difference it made in almost all of my MS symptoms. The first thing I noticed upon waking up even though I had discomfort caused by each procedure was a total lack of pain in my lower back as well as no pain in either of my Sciatic Nerves running down my right and left leg’s. The second was a noticeable decrease in the amount of numbness in both my hands and feet. And the third was very little spasticity in my legs after each of these procedures. And this reduction of pain, numbness, and spasticity lasted more than twenty four hours after my discharge from the hospital.
Of course I have no idea how Propofol works or in fact what it really does to block your awareness while undergoing surgery but I would love having something like it as a sleep aid at night in a pill form specifically to treat Multiple Sclerosis and all of its other symptoms. I don’t know if Propofol is an anti inflammatory or not but it sure seemed much better at blocking my pain and numbness then anything else I’ve ever tried.
The benefits as far as I’m concerned were so impressive that I would certainly encourage researchers doing MS studies to spend some time looking into Propofol and any other drugs that work in the same manner as possible future treatments. Yes, it was that good at reducing my discomfort, period. It was as close to feeling like I didn’t have MS as I have felt since before my first major attack!
By Bill Walker
Bill, I would get your experience out there-perhaps share it on MS advocacy pages, if there is an MS society, etc. There may be others who share your experience post-surgeries, such as local folks in a support group? I believe the patient often knows far more than given credit for-it’s important to speak up and speak up some more. Good luck!!!!
Thank you gypsylaurie for your positive support and comment. And yes, I sent it to many sites that might find it interesting and/or helpful. Unfortunately, I do not put a whole lot of faith in ideas like this being picked up by the main stream research companies, in fact, probably only the makers of Propofol might take an interest in something of this nature, but even then it’s very expensive to do a study, though I wish they would!
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Oddly, my son ,who has MS ,had an operation on his hand 4 days ago. After the operation he said , he felt like he had just experienced the best sleep ever. He has been very dynamic the last few days. I think you might be onto something here in regard to anaesthesia and ms. I am not in the medical field and I do think there may be a lot of hope with new technologies like crisper and mRNA. This anaesthesia angle is interesting. Thank you for putting it out there!