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mystery reader
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   Posted 4/28/2008 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been told by my neuro as well as specialists at MS center at Barnes that I am pretty much out of options for now when considering treatments.  They said I should not risk going back and trying an interferon due to allergic reactions , that my reactions to Copaxone suggest I am also allergic to it, and it would be way too risky to continue on tysabri.  In fact, they said that they did not know what to do with me.
So I can try imuran (which has lots of potential side effects) with limited success, if any. I do not have an appt with my neuro for 2 weeks and we will discuss treatment then.  They seemed to feel that rituxan was also too risky due to my reactions to other drugs and I have admit it also scares me.  It is also unlikely my insurance would approve it.  They said that montly IVIG was too expensive and has had limited success.  Hopefully, there will be an oral med for ms in a few years.
So I am considering going the natural route and maybe trying some non conventional methods -- (massage therapy, accupuncture, relexology?).  I want to get tested for food allergies and vitamin D. I am going to try to get more control over my diet. If I take too many different vitamins/supplements they also make me sick. I am going to order a tai chi tape. 
 I just do not know what to do.  Ultimately it will be my decision.  I am tired of ingesting/infusing all of these chemicals into my body for the past year and having all of these reaction.  I guess I am scared of not doing anything conventional and scared of all of these dang reactions.
Sorry for the long rant! eyes
Barb/mystery reader
Diagnosed April 2007
Started tysabri -- December 2007
Stopped tysabri -- April 2008 (developed antibodies/severe reactions)

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   Posted 4/28/2008 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm really sorry you're in this situation!  Are they thinking that the oral meds will be better tolerated?  Do be careful about alternative/complementary medications, treatments, supplements, even stuff you buy over-the-counter.  They're all risky, and particularly so as they're not monitored for quality control or efficacy, like conventional meds.  And beware of treatment providers who promise "cures".  As always, keep your doctors informed about anything you ingest.  Take care!

...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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   Posted 4/28/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Barb,
My heart goes out to you.  You have really been through the mill.  I agree with Cats, watch out for alternative treatments because they aren't FDA approved, and you've had such trouble.
That said, I think relaxation tapes, reflexolgy, and like would at least be soothing.  Relaxation may be just what you need now after all you've been through.  I'm always reminded to start slow which is my downfall because if 5 minutes feels good, I push to 20 and then pay for it.  If you can start slow and it helps, it might encourage me to try again, the right way.
Take care,

mystery reader
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   Posted 4/28/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I was not thinking of taking any over the counter meds/supplements at this time - more focusing on diet, exercise, and some spa treatments. I am not sure about acupuntcture. It is just an idea. My pcp did order a Vitamin D test. I could not sell him on testing for food allergies. He told me to talk to my neuro on that one. I tried to get his opinion on imuran or cellcept (drugs suggested by neuros I saw at Barnes) and all he said is that it might be a situation where the bad (possible side effects) may outweigh the possibility it could help.

The good news is that he said that my lungs were clear so the antibioitc I am on seems to have workd. Just one more day to go on it and hopefully the nausea will subside.
Barb/mystery reader
Diagnosed April 2007
Started betaseron --  May 2007 -- experienced allergic reactions after 2 weeks
Started copaxone -- June 2007 -- stopped after 4 1/2 months;experienced  severe 5 IPIR's
Started tysabri -- December 2007
Stopped tysabri -- April 2008 (developed antibodies/severe reactions)

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   Posted 4/28/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
O Wow Barb!!

My goodness u just can't get any breaks!!! I agree with Debbie...take it slow, but some exercising and relaxing may be just what u need right now. Give u'r body a needed boost in strength maybe and give U the needed relaxation that u've not had in a long time. I was wondering like Uppity about the oral meds. Do the docs think that will be a better med for u?? Geesh friend...what a predicament. I"m so sorry! I'm thrilled that the antibiotics have been working tho and hoping that once u'r off it and done with the nausea u'll begin to feel more at least a little better and more hopeful somehow. Hang on friend...we're all here with u.
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   Posted 4/28/2008 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh Barb,

I am so sorry!!! That is frustrating news for sure!!! Please don't lose hope.  You are really holding pretty steady right now.  There is every chance that a new drug will come along very soon and this will be the one for you.  I know you must be scared about what the future holds for you.  Please know that we are all here for you and we are praying for you.  You are an amazing person and you won't let MS get the best of you.  Keep posting and keep living!! Do something for YOU everyday.  Take special special care.

Love and prayers,

Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006

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   Posted 5/1/2008 11:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Barb,


I am so sorry you are in this tough situation. I just wanted to add my support to that already posted above. I hope you are feeling a lot better now that you are off the antibiotic. Hang in there!



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