I'm 38 years old. Diagnosed with ms in 2003, put on Avonex for 7 years (no progression on MRi's, no symptomsfpr those 7 years) stopped taking medicine in 2010, still continued with no symptoms and brain/spine MRi's had no change... No new lesions/symptoms ect. Had a relapse in December 2015 pins and needles on left side face hand. Dr suggests Tysabri? I'm jcv negative. What do you think about this medicine vs aubagio? I did have repeat MRi's sept 2016 and had a new enhanced lesion didn't feel any symptoms from it but the stress since they told me has pretty much caused me to feel horrible from worry. Thank you, debbie Boston mass
Hi Debbie from Boston,
If I am understanding you correctly, you did fine on Avonex for 7 years and then for 5 years after stopping Avonex before having a relatively minor relapse (sensory symptoms only with 1 new lesion over 13 years).
My suggestion would be to restart interferon (Avonex or Plegridy which given ever 2 weeks) if you were able to tolerate Avonex previously. If you hated avonex, Aubagio is a good choice. It’s a daily pill with few side effects or risks and patients tend to prefer it over injectable medication. Discuss it with your doctor.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Director of Hillcrest Neurology
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego