multiple sclerosis medication

Australia
June 2, 2010 3:37am CST
I was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis (MS) in February this year. When my neurologist told my husband and me what was wrong with me, I was relieved because I finally had a name for the weird things that were going wrong with my body. But I was somewhat perturbed when the neurologist asked me what medication I wanted to inject myself with. I hate needles, I didn't think I'd ever be able to give myself a needle. I decided to use Avonex, based solely on the reason that I would only have to jab myself once a week instead of several times a week. Now, over three months later, I feel competent in giving myself my medication with a needle, and I do a good job of it. But I am going to be so happy when they finally find a good medication for me to take by mouth!
2 responses
• United States
27 Feb 11
I was diagnosed with MS in October. I also take Avonex once a week and not pleased with injecting myself. I have come to terms that this is part of my life journey, so every Friday I put on my happy face pj's, say my set aside prayer and take my injection. It works for me. Makes me a little less tense.
@pepcat (70)
• United States
9 Jun 10
Hi Holksch! I understand your fears about using a needle for your medication. My husband was diagnosed in 2000 and has been on copaxone ever since. We decided to use copaxone just because it seemed to have fewer side effects. Sometimes, he does have the flu like symptoms after an injection, but those come less frequently through the years. Believe me, we are waiting for the oral medication to come out soon, but I think it will be awhile before it comes out. The companies had a bit of a scare with tysabri and people getting really sick, so I think they will be alot more careful before they will release any new medication.