Life's TrialsWell I was in the Army in 1991. Went in and got my first flu shot EVER. I was immediately sick for like 2 monthes, ER visits and all. Well for the next 9 years this would happen to me and not one Army doc would take me off the manditory flu shot program. IN 1998 I was diagnosed with MS at West Point, I had it all-a great career, a wonderful, (then) wife and my son who is 24 now and severely Bi-Polar. Thru all the hardships and craziness-homeless, I have ended up on my own, happy yet a bit dazed and in GREAT shape but for the MS hits I get everyonce in a while. I'm 100% unemployable due to digestive isues and so I live in the SC countryside and rescue Rottweilers. I love my life and yet have lost the love of my life and to find a Female my age that wants me and my condition is just very emotionally trying. Those that knew me in the Army ask "What happenned to you" and those that meet me now for the first time say "WOW you look great-you have MS!?" I have to say that you'd never know that I was sick unless you knew me 48 pounds of muscle earlier! HOOOT! But I know that it was the Flu shot that messed my immune system up-and so do a lot of other Male soldiers I have met with this same thing.
So now I take my time, work with abused dogs and have a quiet, happy, yet longing for a companion lifestyle. The one thing I am very gratefull for is that I live Naked. If you have not tried it-you might want o. It's HOT in SC in the Summer and yet i have no attacks since I stay cool naked. And if I do get a hit-like that tingling hot painful skin thing-well clothing absolutely makes that even worse for me. I turn off the heater in the Hot tub and keep the tub cool in the Summers. It's pretty cool. I take no meds for it-was taking Beta Seron from 1998 to2010 and it made me depressed and suicidal. I am actually doing better without it all actually. Got the idea to not take them all when I almost fell prey to the drug at 80mph. I have in my own mind linked this all to MAle testosterone-it's why I think it's harder on Males longterm than females so I take suppliments that raise my testosterone and keep my strong. I lift wieghts to keep my muscle mass hard and have been lucky so far to stay healthier than most. As I put it when asked, I don't have "real" MS, I have induced auto immune disease. I have a healthy body helping me fight something that was given to me. So I have an edge over a person that would have gotten naturally. I was 42, not 20 or 25 when I came down with it. So I have a feeling that I'll not really be too beat-up all at once. And I have met a number of Male Soldiers that have come to the same conclussions after having done research on the web and medical libraries after they too saw the symptoms in their lived after taking the flirst few Flu shots in he Army.