All I can say is that I'm 17 months post and have periods of numbness/severe muscle weakness that come and go. Mine are on the right side. I don't have severe pain with it but sometimes an achy feeling when the numbness/weakness are at its worst. As I look back on the last year, I can see that I've entire months when these problems were more severe, and months when they got better. During the bad times, I was sure I would be stuck that way forever. But then I would hit a better patch and the symptoms would let up. The numbness/weakness is always worse when my other symptoms flare up. It's part of my "array". Right now I'm having a better month, and I actually feel "even" in my limbs - not like one is heavier, more numb, or weaker than the other. I'm hoping it's because I'm getting to the end of this. I know that I had a huge flare-up of the right sided issues at month 9. I remember because it was August and I was with my family pushing a stroller and I thought "what on earth is happening to my leg?" It has gradually improved since then and is much better now. I've had times over the last 6 months when I could hardly type on this forum because I couldn't use my right hand properly; I was trying to use the mouse with my left hand since my right arm was DEAD.
My friend HAS MS, and she has treated it without drugs - using fish oil, flax oil, lecithin, and adrenal support. It IS possible to rebuild myelin, although it happens slowly. I haven't had the ability to see a naturopathic Dr. since I live in a small town. I can't afford specialists. I've been just trying to give myself time. Doing it on my own. I was really struggling at 9 months when that crash hit. I am doing better now. I didn't know at the time that it would get better. I was scared to death and just hoping. (I had an MRI in Jan. 2010 that was normal).