Good question, Robbie -
if sharon went on one of the crabs right away like the doctors want you to would they say the 6 years of her ms being stable is because of the crab of choice or is it just her paticular ms.
And, yes the neuro wanted me to go on a CRAB drug.
In my opinion, I was RRMS for many, many years before
being diagnosed. I had slipped into SPMS at time of diagnosis, but I was told that I was RRMS which would have made me a candidate for the drugs. And, yes I think that some doctors would have told me that I was stable because of the CRAB drugs (if I had been taking them). I am just glad that I did my research and saved myself from the daily shots, the flu symptoms and all the other stuff which is associated with the CRAB drugs. I am not implying that the CRAB's are not a useful drug - they just did not apply to me. Another reason I did not take a CRAB is because my brother was taking BetaSeron and he was sick every third day. I decided that I did not want to waste 1/3 of my life.
My disability has gotten worse since 2003 even though the MRI's are the same. I am also fighting the gift of time as I am almost 66 yrs of age. So, I question, "is it MS or is it age?" The answer usually is what fits the puzzle at the time. I am fortunate to be able to do just about anything I want as I know there are those much younger who are dealing with greater disability problems than I have.