Tag: doctor

  • Too old for Gilenya?

    Too old for Gilenya?

    This article concludes that all DMT drugs that work on MS begin to decrease in efficacy after the age of 53.

  • Troublesome Tysabri®️

    Troublesome Tysabri®️

    In 2004, a new MS drug was approved by the FDA. As opposed to an interferon, Tysabri (natalizumab) is “a monoclonal antibody.” Then PML starts.

  • Caustic Copaxone®️

    Caustic Copaxone®️

    My liver toxicity from Avonex meant that I couldn’t take anything else with interferon, ruling out all other MS drugs at the time, except for one: Copaxone.

  • Ack, hepatitis!

    Ack, hepatitis!

    2-1/2 years after I had started Avonex, I developed a liver toxicity to it and was advised to stop it immediately. My medical chart read “elevated liver enzymes/hepatitis”!

  • Anxious Avonex®️

    Anxious Avonex®️

    In December 2000 my doctor and I decided to start me on Avonex. The injections begin!

  • Before Betaseron®️

    Before Betaseron®️

    In April 1991, the doctor told me I had probable MS. Even with the confirmation of the MRI, which could show multiple brain lesions in a live person as opposed to autopsy after death, the presence of multiple lesions only mostly confirms it.  

  • MS or gout

    MS or gout

    Obviously I’m not a scientist. But clearly, I think the relationship between uric acid and brain inflammation should continue to interest scientists.

  • MS and the DMTs

    MS and the DMTs

    There still is no way to definitively diagnose and no cure but there are now more than 15 drugs to try to halt progression, sometimes called disease-modifying therapies or treatments, DMTs.

  • MS is bittersweet

    MS is bittersweet

    Sigh. I’ve had this disease a long time and am thankful that it is not life-threatening to me right now. But sadly I have had to give up some things. 

  • How to Find an MS Doctor

    How to Find an MS Doctor

    This is how you can look for an MS specialist.