I don't think any treatments have the power to prevent progression to "SPMS".cheerleader wrote:Cece wrote:'Since birth' is of greater importance in a disease when chronic longterm neurodegeneration is the key process. 'Since diagnosis' or since relapses and/or progression began would be of greater importance if the relapses themselves cause the neurodegeneration.
Exactly, Cece. Dr. Tremlett even stated that relapses were not connected to long term disability in the study. Dr. Tremlett stressed the need to really look at the results of this study, because soon we will no longer have a large group of treatment naive patients--and the natural history of MS disease progression will be lost.
Even the ones that might also kill you or cause more problems (like mitoxantrone, which I think caused my heart attack) don't have that effect. Very premature to declare "MS" cured, by so-called DMDs, anyway. With the CCSVI procedure and related investigations, we are getting closer.
I do think it is vital, though, to have more information about the long term effects, and why they differ so much from "normal" aging.
It is tempting to apply every statistic to one's own case, and that is something I want to avoid. I don't think anybody will always be the norm.