"Sadly, the years have snuck up on me and issued one mammoth smack down atop my head. I was diagnosed with MS about ten years ago and it sucks. My 35 year old body feels like twice that most days. The brain still works well enough, just my body doesn't want to respond well to the commands."
I'm going to start sounding like a Jehovah's Witness in this area ... but have you thought about Intermittent Fasting? IF has been shown to produce remarkable benefits in a variety of areas -- neural protection among them. Take a look here:
Like caloric restriction, intermittent fasting reduces oxidative stress, makes the animals more resistant to acute stress in general, reduces blood pressure, reduces blood sugar, improves insulin sensitivity, reduces the incidence of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, and improves cognitive ability. But IF does even more. Animals that are intermittently fasted greatly increase the amount of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) relative to CR animals. CR animals don’t produce much more BDNF than do ad libitum fed animals.
What’s BDNF? (The Wikipedia definition is actually pretty good)
BDNF, as its name implies, is a substance substance that increases the growth of new nerve cells in the brain, but it does much more than that. BDNF is neuroprotective against stress and toxic insults to the brain and is somehow–no one yet knows how, exactly–involved in the insulin sensitivity/glucose regulating mechanism. Infusing BDNF into animals increases their insulin sensitivity and makes them lose weight. Humans with greater levels of BDNF have lower levels of depression. BDNF given to depressed humans reduces their depression. And Increased levels of BDNF improves cognitive ability. In short, you want as much BDNF as you can get., and with IF you can get a lot.
Look, I'm a cynical and skeptical guy. Beware of people selling you things. One of the reasons I'm optimistic about IF (aside from feeling better myself from having done it) ... is that no one is selling it. (Or not successfully.) The benefits of IF are the sorts of things that late-night infomercials promise the gullible ... but it appears to work. The research appears real. After exercise it may be the single most important step you can take for your health ... and it really might help your MS, to some degree. It does appear to help with other kinds of autoimmune and neural diseases.
I am not a doctor. Don't take any of this as a suggestion of medical treatment on my part, merely as a starting point for your own research, if you're so inclined.
And now I'm going to eat a cookie and go to bed. Sunday is a fast day.