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MS for 17 years and beginning Rituxin
I've had MS for 17 years now and will begin Rituxin soon. How long can I expect to see a change?
This really depends on the stage of your disease. The goal of therapy with rituximab is to halt relapses and prevent further worsening of disability. The effect of treatment is maximal within 3-6 months of treatment onset but it takes much longer to determine if your disease has stabilized. Any improvement in your condition may take over 6 months to become apparent, if any improvement is even expected.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego
9/19/2017 09:40:17 pm
I was diagnosed with ra 20 years ago but recently had to come of rituxux for neck surgery. While off meds started having facial, arm and leg numbness. MRI shows no change. I had "spots" that were detected 20 years ago. Is it possible that the rituxin has kept symptoms of ms from presenting. Can a positive ms be diagnosed without lesions on the brain?
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