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How can I decide which MS therapy is best for me?

How can I decide which MS therapy is best for me?

Everyone different: No ms pt is similar to another. One drug does not fit all. That said, it is now felt, based on current knowledge, that in the first 1-5 yrs, it is best to start on the most potent meds available if it is safe. The older meds, such as avonex, betaseron, copaxone, are starting to be used less, and newer agents such as Gilenya and tysabri, (natalizumab) and perhaps bg-12 will be used more often. ...Read more

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No therapy for MS is helping me. Currently in Tecfidera for 5 months and each day is worse. Should I stop it or it may become better in future? Thanks

No therapy for MS is helping me. Currently in Tecfidera for 5 months and each day is worse. Should I stop it or it may become better in future? Thanks

Talk with Dr. but...: I'm not comfortable telling you to stop but suggest you ask the prescribing Dr. Most people have a 50% reduction in relapses but no drug works well for everyone and your feeling worse each day is concerning- see https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/tecfidera However, please know that a high percentage of those diagnosed with MS have Lyme disease and treating Lyme may help more than MS drugs.See comment: ...Read more

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MS not active.Doing physical therapy 5x a week.Still muscles tight.Muscle relaxers I've taken not working. What or where or who should I see? test neg

MS not active.Doing physical therapy 5x a week.Still muscles tight.Muscle relaxers I've taken not working. What or where or who should I see? test neg

Neurology : Even if the MS is not active you may have residual musculoskeletal changes that can effect your status. You can ask your physician, see a neurologist and even a rheumatologist as there are a lot of things that need to be considered in your evaluation. ...Read more

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When Stem Cell Transplant Therapy will be used to cure or Improve MS patients? Why every cure took so long to use for patients? Please find the cure.

When Stem Cell Transplant Therapy will be used to cure or Improve MS patients? Why every cure took so long to use for patients? Please find the cure.

Be careful: This is being promoted to desperate people. It is very expensive and if it has any benefit, it's not obvious. The theoretical considerations these folks have offered don't square that well with what I know about the disease. More generally, progress in therapy would proceed faster if the public accepted more risks in trials of new treatments -- but that's for the lawyers and ethicists. ...Read more

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What's new in treatment for relapsing remitting ms

What's new in treatment for relapsing remitting ms

Stay tuned: Stay tuned! this field is changing rapidly. Whereas injectable medications are the first tier of therapy, we are entering an era of oral medications and infrequent infusion therapies. Choosing the right therapy from this more and more crowded field of contenders will only get more complex. An MS specialist can help guide the discussion so that individuals can make the best informed choice. ...Read more

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My sister diagnosed ms. Asking for treatment please?

My sister diagnosed ms. Asking for treatment please?

Numerous: The treatments are numerous! they all have side effects to consider, but at the end of the day, the goal is to slow down the disease process. Some are daily injections, every other day injections, once per week injections, etc. About three years ago, the fda approved the first "pill", now there are three, probably more to come. A neurologist should have all informational material in office. ...Read more

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Can women with MS have babies while on treatment or do they have to stop ?

Can women with MS have babies while on treatment or do they have to stop ?

Suggestions: Most MS drugs do have potential for fetal malformations, and are thus "teratogenic" risks. Copaxone seems safest, and Aubagio and Gilenya (fingolimod) may be riskiest. But I would tend to stop any of the MS drugs prior to pregnancy and would NOT restart until after birth, unless breast feeding desired, which would delay restarting med. ...Read more

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