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MS stand for Multiple Sclerosis
MS is an Autoimmune disease, this means the body's immune system causes illness by mistakenly attacking healthy cells, organs, or tissues. MS damages the myelin (nerve fiber insulation) in a random and patchy manner, causing a wide range of neurological defects. MS is a chronic and unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that produces mental and physical symptoms.

I have one of four types of MS. It's called Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS)
In RRMS, symptoms come (relapses) and go (remissions). Symptoms may evolve over several days and then disappear, although some symptoms may remain.

I have problems with walking and balance, muscle spasticity, numbness and pain in my hands and legs with tingling and itchy sensations, (the right side is the worst) and the biggie - Fatigue!!! Strange thing is I don't have all of these all the time or all at once. It's different everyday with the exception of the fatigue, I have that all the time, just to different degrees. Some times I feel OK, others like I need a nap, and sometimes I can't even get out of bed.

All of my symptoms are treated individually, I take meds for the pain, fatigue, and the numbness. I have special exercises that I do for my muscles. I am very careful about my walking, I don't wear high heels, when I'm feeling weak or clumsy I walk close to a wall and I walk slow and concentrate and where my feet are going.

And for the MS it's self I take Rebif, it's called a disease modifying treatment that changes the course of MS by manipulating the immune system in a variety of ways.

Rebif is the latest agent approved for the treatment of MS. It's given by injection, just under the skin, three times a week. I use an auto injector called Rebiject mini, it's a device that automatically delivers the right amount of medication at the right depth under the skin at a constant speed. It has been shown to reduce the number of MS exacerbations and to slow down the progression of lesions seen on MRI scans.
I have been told that some side effects of Rebif include: Depression and Muscle aches-(already have that!), injection site reactions, flu like symptoms, headache, fever and chills-(no problems so far).

When I was first diagnosed I had two lesions on my brain and one on my spinal column. My latest MRI (brain, neck and spine) was done March 10, 2004. I now have a new one on my neck and one on my spine. This was a major factor in switching to the new med. I feel like I wasted 2 years on the other one. So now we move on and be positive.

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April 26, 2004