Welcome to the Virtual MS Center!
Ask any question you want about Multiple Sclerosis and one of our experts will answer it as soon as possible.
Here is My Question:
Are there any studies on the effect of Methylcobalamin on MS symptoms?
I do not know of any studies related to the specific use of methylcobalamin supplements to treat MS symptoms. Cobalamin supplements, usually cyanocobalamin or hydroxycobalamin, are often taken by MS patients with anecdotal reports of improved energy levels. There are some studies of methycobalamin for diabetic neuropathy and neuropathic pain but the results are mixed. Vitamin B12 supplements are most commonly cyanocobalamin because this form is easier and cheaper to make. Hydoxycobalamin is probably a better supplement but more expensive. Hydroxycobalamin is actually the treatment for cyanide poisoning because it binds and elements cyanide rapidly and effectively. It used to be the preferred supplement in smokers as well.
Rip Kinkel, MD
Two questions came in about CCSVI:
"I would like an opinion on whether you think it is "worth a shot" to try venous angioplasty for chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI), especially when you have a progressive form of MS for which there is no other treatment available?" The other was "Why do you think CCSVI only works well the first time"
Answer: There has been a lot written about Chronic Cerebrovenous Insufficiency (CCSVI) and MS, including the treatment of this condition with the so called, "liberation procedure”. This has raised the hopes of many patients and initiated a cottage industry of angiographic intervention by physicians with highly questionable motives. After all the procedure makes a lot of money.
Let me be blunt and straight to the point:
There is no current reason to pursue either evaluation or treatment of CCSVI unless;
I understand that there are those of you who feel desperate and will try anything for your MS, but this treatment can be harmful. There have even been deaths directly attributed to the “liberation procedure”. Please avoid evaluation or treatment for CCSVI unless the following conditions are met:
PLEASE NOTE: This information/opinions on this site should be used as an information source only. This information does not create any patient-HCP relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. Please consult your health care provider before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition.