Personal stories about treatment for multiple sclerosis
These stories are based on information gathered from health
professionals and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health
Victor, age 29: The MS episodes I've had were
fairly mild, but I'm worried that next time the symptoms will be more severe. I
don't think I'm being pessimistic by deciding to take interferon. I think I'm
giving myself the best chance to live a long and healthy life.
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Elissa Levy, a 37-year-old with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis
(MS), is living proof of the unpredictability of this progressive neurological
disease that affects the central nervous system.
Soon after being diagnosed in January 2002, her physical status plummeted
quickly. The former fitness buff who regularly skied and jogged describes the
overwhelming MS-induced fatigue that plagued her almost daily. "Sometimes
Carmen, age 37: I have never been much of a
risk-taker, and my health is definitely not something I want to risk. My doctor
recommends that I take the medication. Even if it turns out that I might not
have needed treatment for MS, I would rather err on the side of caution by
starting therapy now. I know I would really regret not doing the treatment if I
had a relapse a year from now, or even a few years from now.
Jamal, age 34: I generally try to avoid
medication when I can. My doctor really thinks it would be a good idea for me
to take the medicine, but I don't want to deal with the side effects, and I'm
not sure I like the idea of giving myself shots on a regular basis. I don't
want to take interferon "just in case" I have problems with MS later. Besides,
I can always reconsider if and when I have another episode.
Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Colin Chalk, MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology
February 28, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 28, 2008
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