I want to know did interferon really change what you had experienced of MS symptoms up to that point? Any input would be greatly appreciated. I have just been diagnosed and have not yet started on interferon. I have been taking lyrica and it helps quite a bit. I will probably be using either avonex or rebif. I am hopeful that interferon will help but am afraid I might be expecting too much. I watched the video about the autoinjector and think that's a great idea. I am so glad I found this forum. Lots of good information.
of the interferons -- Avonex, rebif, Betaseron...and for that matter, Copaxone (which is not an interferon) --will do anything to relieve or help symptoms. That's not their purpose. As you're finding out, there are other
medications for that. There are meds for spasticity, for pain, for mood control, and so on.
What the interferons and Copaxone are designed to do, is slow the course of the disease, slow progression, and in some instances, stop it altogether.
I was diagnosed with MS long before any of these drugs existed - -24 years ago. I had several major exacerbations early on, leaving me significantly impaired. I continued to have 2-3 exacerbations a year, for the first 12 years or so. When the interferons were finally created and made available, I got on Betaseron. about 2 years after starting it, I had another exacerbation...and then nothing.
Now, I'm still significantly impaired. And in part because I'm also getting older, I'm not nearly as able as I was when I started Betaseron. But I have not had any further exacerbations, only a slow declined of function, primarily in my legs.
I am convinced that, had the drugs been available when I was first diagnosed, I'd not be nearly as impaired as I am now, which is why I'm a strong advocate for newly diagnosed folks to get on one of them as soon as you can. They do what they're supposed to do -- slow the course of the disease. And sometimes stop it.
Good luck with your decision making.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....