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Tag Archive: MS
Q: When were you diagnosed with MS and what were your symptoms? A: I was diagnosed in 2000, but in retrospect I was having symptoms as early as 1982, with episodes of severe face pain and problems with my vision. In 2000, I began stumbling and had a foot drop, which is what lead to the diagnosis. It only got worse from there, for a long while. Q: What sort of care did you received between your diagnosis and 2007 when you took matters into your own hands? What was your state of health then in 2007? A: I had taken Copaxone, one of the so-called “ABC drugs” most frequently prescribed for MS. When my MS transitioned to secondary progressive MS (this is a common occurrence, meaning I would no longer have periods of recovery, but instead, a steady decline), I took several cycles of mitoxantrone, which is also used to treat some cancers. Next, I took Tysabri when it became available, but stopped it after two cycles because Tysabri was pulled from the market. Then I took Cellcept, which is typically used to suppress the rejection of transplanted organs. I’ve certainly had my share of MS medication!