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Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 896
   Posted 7/11/2006 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
I am such a chicken!  I promised myself I would start the Imuran this week but I just can't do it.  It is one scary drug! It can cause so many problems long term.  Am I doing myself a dis-service by not taking it?  Wouldn't it be better to wait till I need it later?  How long would I have to take it?  I know...ask my doc but, I don't think he can answer that.
It's to help with the slowing of progression but I just wonder if it's worth the risk.
I am doing PT for the gait/balance issues and was amazed at how bad my balance is.  I don't fall, just have the wobblyness I feel inside but when doing the balance training I really veer to the right and have to be helped.  i will do this 2x week for 6 weeks.  The therapist said I probably need to consider trading in my treadmill for an exercise bike.
Take care, thanks for letting me cry!
Michelle ><>
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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 2146
   Posted 7/11/2006 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Michelle

U know i don't know anything about Imuran (tho i'll be googling it now), but i wanted u to know that NO u'r not a chicken and being unsure of starting a new med that can have side affects on u isn't the wrong feeling. I too would be scared. Yes, of course, ask u'r doc, but also tell him about u'r worries and fears. He will more than likely help calm them with his expert advice and knowledge. Give urself this week to 'deal' with it and talk to ur doc and address this next week.

I'm really glad u'r in pt now. I think in the long run that will pay off. Be careful tho and don't over do anything once u feel more secure in u'r balance. Hummm....wonder what the difference in the treadmill vs the bike would be?? Seems like they're both working on u'r legs.

Take good care and don't be so hard on u'rself...u'r doing great!!


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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 4031
   Posted 7/12/2006 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michelle,  I dont think your a big chicken at all.  You have every right to your feelings about being scared and unsure when starting a new medication and treatment regime...especially one like Imuran.  I would be terrified,  I am always scared to change medications due to the possiable interactions and side effects.  Your a smart, educated woman and I believe you will be able to reach the decision that is best for you and your health.  Take care.


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