JTX wrote:Hi my name is Jason & I've been diagnosed with R.R.M.S 10 days ago..
I Walk with a limp, after walking short distances my left leg feels so heavy that I have to concentrate not to trip on my foot.
I get double vision , I slur my words and I have no balance just as if I was drunk.
When i have to use the washroom . I really have to use the washroom .
I've Been Watching Video's on Youtube on my free time of this ohh soo wonderful disease I've been blessed with.
On the 3rd of May I go back to c my Neurologist
How does it work? Do I choose what Med's to start taking or does the Neurologist choose for me Suiting my Situation.
If I have a choice what do do u guys recommend and why?
I've seen a lot of video's and with every drug i hear good and bad .
Any info is good info
Feel free to reply please and thank you
Sorry about your diagnosis Jason. Dealing with MS is overwhelming at first, you will become a lot more knowledgeable over time and much more comfortable making decisions about your health.
You can check out the national MS society for some basic information: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/index.aspx
The section on treatments is here: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about- ... index.aspx
There are 10 FDA approved disease modifying agents for multiple sclerosis:
Avonex (interferon beta-1a)
Betaseron (interferon beta-1b)
Copaxone (glatiramer acetate)
Extavia (interferon beta-1b)
Rebif (interferon beta-1a)
Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate)
Most neurologists will treat all patients with clinically definite multiple sclerosis with an FDA approved medication.
Neurologists have different styles of practice, so I can't tell you what your neurologist will recommend, but it is a good idea to have some knowledge about anything you are putting in your body regardless of whether you made the decision about treatment or not. You are taking the risk, not your doctor. You may choose to refuse any treatment for any reason.
The most common medications used for newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis are the injectable medications copaxone, extavia, rebif, and avonex.
copaxone is a once a day subcutaneous injection
extavia, rebif, and avonex are injectable [beta-interferon] medications which have common side effects of muscle aches/fatigue/flu like symptoms/depression which are very common after the injections, especially during the first few months. Avonex is a once a week intramuscular injection which some people like.
These 4 medications have all been shown to reduce the frequency of multiple sclerosis attacks/relapses/exacerbations by about 30% in clinical trials.
tecfidera and aubagio are newly approved oral medications.
click the links on the site to learn more information
Best of luck