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Why would you NOT take meds?

Hi Guys,

From reading posts on other ms forums i get the impression that lots of people who are doing well with their ms choose not to take any of the ms meds and some say that they will wait until they "need" them.

I am taking Avonex and i'm well too, i have no symptoms and have only had one sensory flare.
I was under the impression that these meds are designed to be ...
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Gray matter atrophy

More evidence that gray matter damage plays a significant role in MS progression.


Gray matter atrophy is related to long-term disability in multiple sclerosis.

Ann Neurol. 2008 Jun 20.
Fisniku LK, Chard DT, Jackson JS, Anderson VM, Altmann DR, Miszkiel KA, Thompson AJ, Miller DH.
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Research Unit, Institute of Neurology, University College London, United Kingdom.

OBJECTIVE: To determine the relation of gray matter (GM) and white matter (WM) brain volumes, and WM ...
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UK patients to be offered trial info

Not before time...
Patients to be told about clinical trials

By Nicholas Timmins, Public Policy Editor

Published: June 24 2008 03:05 | Last updated: June 24 2008 03:05

Patients are to be given the right to be told about clinical trials in a move aimed at making the National Health Service a more attractive place for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to do research.

The aim is also to improve patients’ access to innovative drugs ...
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'Alchemy' to make new cells

This article poses the intriguing possibility of a technique that could obviate the need for stem cells altogether.

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Constipation as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis

http://ms.about.com/od/signssymptoms/a/constipation.htm
just a brutal symptom like all the rest, some good info here
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hormone status

I received my hormone status which showed that I have a lowish but within reference range DHEA level, a high 17 beta estradiol level and a low below reference range progesterone level. Interesting menopausal women given low amounts of dhea increase their progesterone levels:

1: Maturitas. 2008 Apr 20;59(4):293-303. Epub 2008 Apr 3. Links
One-year therapy with 10mg/day DHEA alone or in combination with HRT in postmenopausal women: Effects on hormonal milieu.Pluchino N, Ninni F, ...
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MRI - Showed lesions

I had my MRI, it showed 4 brain lesions and 2 thorasic lesions and possibly a cervical lesion. I just got my report, but have not been to the neuro yet. (I go next Wed)

What should I expect at the appointment? What treatment has helped most of you? And most importantly, could this be something else? Should I be asking for additional testing?

Confused & Frustrated! ...
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Skullcap

<shortened url> another tack skullcap looks good for superantigen Tcell inhibition:
1: FEBS Lett. 2001 Jun 29;500(1-2):52-5. Links
The flavonoid baicalin inhibits superantigen-induced inflammatory cytokines and chemokines.Krakauer T, Li BQ, Young HA.
Department of Immunology and Molecular Biology, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, 1425 Porter Street, Fort Detrick, Frederick, MD 21702-5011, USA. teresa.krakauer@det.amedd.army.mil

Excessive release of proinflammatory cytokines mediates the toxic effect of superantigenic staphylococcal exotoxins ...
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Arthralgia or myalgia associated with Natalizumab / Tysabri?

I have received four infusions of Tysabri since March, with no unpleasant effects during the infusions (other than multiple attempts to find the appropriate vein). HOWEVER, approximately 20 days after my third infusion, I developed severe joint pain -- could feel every vertebrae, every carpal AND tarsal, moving at all was awful. Did I mention I have an 11 mo old, 3.4 year old, and a full time job? I couldn't pick up my infant ...




 

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