mashpee wrote:Hi, my name is Sarah and I am here to ask a slightly more detailed version of the ultimate newbie question... "why Avonex?"
You may be interested in reading through one of my earlier posts
on this topic where I share my experiences going through the same decision making process.
I am most interested to hear people's thoughts on the potential for serious side effects relating to liver and other organ function.
During the first couple of years, you should probably get your blood tested every 6 months. These tests typically include a complete blood count (CBC) and a liver enzyme test. My liver enzymes are right in the middle of the acceptable range and I'm convinced that my supplement regimen has probably been a factor in helping to keep things normal in addition to providing some benefit for MS. Note that I give links to a description of my supplement regimen in the above linked post.
You may also want to read through a book by Dr. George Jelinek titled Taking Control of Multiple Sclerosis, Natural and Medical Therapies to Prevent its Progression
. Dr. Jelinek is an MD who was diagnosed with MS and did his own research through the published literature. It's a great book to read especially for the newly diagnosed. The only issue I have with his advice is the recommendation to take grape seed extract as some researchers
have found that this will increase interferon-gamma in vitro
. By the way, the full paper is available for free.
Another good book to read is Curing MS: How Science is Solving the Mysteries of Multiple Sclerosis
by Dr. Howard Weiner. Here's a link to a discussion of the book
we had here on ThisIsMS about a year and half ago or so.
Anyways, I hope that you find this information to be helpful. Good luck going through your decision making process. I would be happy to try to answer any other questions you might have or point you towards additional resources.