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Immunity Question
Okay since I am no an a DMD, does that mean it is suppressing my immune system to keep it from attacking my nervous system, and because it is suppressing my immune system does that mean that I am less able to fight things off? I seem to always have a cold or something.
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667078 tn?1316004535
Most DMDs do not suppress the immune system Tysabri can make you more suceptible to the JC virus. Gileyna to herpes. The CRABs do not make you more suseptible to illness. They all have different mechanisms to keep your immune system from attacking your T and B cells. Each works differently. Some block the action, some act as decoys, etc. It is confusing.

Each person with MS is different. I for one am pretty healthy from infections.

Alex

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Oops I meant to say I am NOW on a DMD. I don't know what the JC virus is, but I take Avonex, I wonder what terrible virus that makes me susceptible to.
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667078 tn?1316004535
You do not have to worry about avonex it does not suppress the immune system. Do not worry about the JC virus unless you are on Tysabri which you are not.

To be completely clear unless your Doctor tells you otherwise you have nothing to worry about you are on a safe drug.

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The CRAB DMDs are immunomodulators.  They are designed to change the way the immune system functions.  IVSM is an immuno-suppressant.

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Hi Ojibajo,

The interferons can definitely drop your WBC. Do you get labs run every so often to keep an eye on blood counts?

Though they are immunmodulators, they can change blood counts. If your WBC were low, you could definitely be vulnerable to run of the mill things your immune system could usually ward off.

Please let us know if doc orders labs every 3- 6 months. Should be complete counts, as well as thyroid, and liver enzymes.

-Shell
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