Cerebral Atrophy!

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   Posted 2/23/2007 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
This site is so packed full of great information and informative people I thought I would ask this question.
I've been dxd with MS for 2 1/2 years now.  I just had my 3rd (annual) MRI in January.  I met with my Neuro yesterday.  She mentioned about the atrophy.  (I noticed this slightly on last years MRI).  This year it's a bit more apparent.  She said the Radiologist was concerned about it since it's not at all normal for someone my age (38).
I know everything varies as far as progression.  I'm even more worried now.  I work full-time and continue a very normal healthy lifestyle.  But this is SCARY!  confused    I cannot control this.  The Copaxone controls the leisions and that's about it.  She mentioned maybe switching at next yr visit to Rebif.  I love my Copaxone.  :)
What is there out there about MS Atrophy that explains it in English? 
Thank you.  :-)

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   Posted 2/23/2007 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Disfan 74
I"m not at all versed in this type information, but thought i'd do a search to see what i could find. Below are some links that may be helpful or at least some info! I hope this will lead u to more answers and i'm sure others who are much more capable of helping u will be along soon. Take care!

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   Posted 2/24/2007 1:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Disfan 74. English? I'm with you on that one? Being new to the MS World I'm learning a lot. This gives me an opportunity to research and learn....Here's the cloest thing I found to english on the subject....


Don't worry. I love researching and will find something in ENGLISH soon. Stay tuned....:-)

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   Posted 2/26/2007 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   


Thank you rhondab and MSBlessed. :-)

I'm having a bad run of luck with my memory and forgetting stupid simple things.  I'm fairly new in my job (almost 1 yr) and I have a review coming up soon.  I don't want to lose my job, but currently I am seeking perhaps another position inside elsewhere. (lucky I have that opportunity to do so).


I will read up on the links you sent.  Thanks again.

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   Posted 2/26/2007 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Disfan,
   Wow I'm so glad you have the opportunity to switch jobs with your company!  I wish you the best of luck on getting the position you are wanting.  As for the atophy, if it is significantly greater than your last scans, that's probably why your doctor is thinking about switching to another med.  Copaxone can slow down the atophy too along with the lesions but another med might do a better job.  I found another article for you, hard to find things on this issue in English tongue
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   Posted 2/28/2007 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   



Hey thanks all,


So far the articles I have read were very informative.  Scary...but helpful.  It is odd thought since cerbral atrophy is a factor of MS you would think there would be more discussions about it.  I guess not enough interest and not enough exposure on the topic.  smurf

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