arrggh HELP!

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arrggh HELP!

Postby bobert » Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:00 am

So, a little background. I am a 27 yr old Male who started taking Avonex last year, I had one very severe attack in August 05 after critical lung surgery (do not smoke people, haha) where i was left without use to the left side of my body. But since then I have been a picture of health. For certain people's comfort of mind, since I got diagnosed I have met the most beautiful woman who is now my fiance.. (beautiful things do happen). I seem to take to Avonex very well, side effects? yeah, alittle, but as I said, I have not felt like I have MS for a year now. I like to think Avonex works with my life changes of stopping smoking, healthy diet, and vitamins (b complex, magnesium).

So here comes what is weighing me down. I found out 3 days ago my fiance is pregnant(yes, unplanned). So there was no break in my treatment.. I have called the Avonex help line in the UK and they were very sketchy. Took my details as if I AM THE ONE who is testing this out for research. WTF. How long has Avonex been around. Surely they could give me evidence of certain cases. So, ive called my doctor and he basically said that it is generally the woman who if taking Avonex should have slight concerns and stop straight away..

Is anyone reading this who have been in the same situation, does anyone know anything through experiences. Please tell me some good news and that my swimmers are not swimming around with a chemical glow..

suddenly the happiest day of my life has turn to fear..

Thank you
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Postby mjs » Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:24 pm

All the pregnancy warning about interferons I've seen have pertained to women, not men. I assume you're concerned that your sperm might be 'tainted' somehow - I've never seen this at all.

I think the fear for women is that taking interferons while pregnant could cause a miscarriage.

So while I'm not a doctor, etc, I think you don't need to worry.
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Postby bobert » Wed Jan 24, 2007 4:08 pm

thank you so much for the reply... Im glad to have access to such forum.. it really helped me out with the decision for taking avonex, even though ive never posted before I read every post made..

And regarding my current situation, i managed to speak to a few "specialists and professionals" today who gave me pretty much that verdict..

I have my fingers crossed...

back to being happy right now, fear can wait till later..

-bob
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