You say that the CRAB's can reduce flares by only 30% like it is a bad thing. I would think that 30% is better than nothing, no? Also, I was also scared of taking one of the CRAB's because of all the hype about the horrible side-effects, cost, etc.. However, 13 years later, I am on Betaseron, no side-effects, $50 a month, and have at least a 30% chance of reducing my progression. Well worth it in my opinion!
If I had not been so scared 13 years ago because of everything I heard, I may be allot better off. NO, teh drugs are not a gaurantee, but 30% is 30%.
Newbies - please do not hesitate to get on something that could help you!
Thanks, Jena for your positive response. Indeed, a 30% reduction is a GOOD thing...and that's an "average", meaning some folks may well experience an even higher percent reduction.
And indeed, the side effects are not "horrible" for many of us, and quite manageable. And the cost is more like $1,000 / month (not $2,000, which was what the original poster quoted).
Also -- I don't know where the original poster is getting her information about long-term benefits - -but indeed, there have been many studies (yes, some by the drug companies but not all!) which indeed show that these drugs are helpful in the long term. They've been around for 15 years now (the interferons) and continue to show benefits. So she's wrong there, too.
The aspartame: go to any REPUTABLE source to find that this is a red herring. If you are one of the very few people with a sensitivity to a particular chemical in aspartame, then indeed it can cause problems. Note I said "one of the very few". Perhaps the original poster falls into that category. Otherwise, it's been shown...over and over again...to be safe for human consumption.
Also, "most of us with MS" DO NOT smoke. Some do. I never did. I've had MS for 23 years. Smoking is NOT linked to MS or vice-versa. Statements like "most" and "all" are usually wrong.
Some of her general advice is good: stop smoking if you do; exercise when and how you can; avoid stress; watch your diet; get rest..
But spend some time researching the rest...and you'll find contrary conflicting and more accurate information in other reputable sites.