I've had MS for 10 years now and made the mistake of going off MS meds for about 6 years because I felt so "normal." I am now suffering from the effects of "lesion burden." It turns out that I gave myself permanent issues while mistakenly believing that since I was having no symptoms, medications were optional - never do this!
I am about to begin Plegridy. I'm wondering if there might be improvement in my current condition from from taking Plegridy? I have weakness in my right side with occasional imbalance and often times need help walking. I'd absolutely love to just walk without the issues. I'm okay if I am no longer able to be a gym rat - just normal function would work for me! Also, is it possible to continue to work while dealing with the side-effects. I haven't met a med yet without succumbing to the side-effects! Hopefully, I won't have problems, but it'd be the first time if I didn't. Thank you
Let's not confuse disease modifying therapy (i.e., Plegridy) with symptom management. All DMTs work by mitigating future inflammatory damage and do not repair previous damage. That sums up your experiment off therapy. I have previously blogged on the subject which can be found here:
Sent from my iPhonehttp://www.healthcarejourney.com/physician-blog/a-commonly-asked-question-about-disease-modifying-therapies-for-multiple-sclerosis
I'd suggest using the symptoms tab on the website to explore potential options to address your symptoms.
A. Scott Nielsen MD MMSc
Neurologist and MS Specialist at Kaiser Permanente