This is to all my forum friends who have been following my DMD ordeal for many months now:
Just to recap, this really all began with 2 major relapses in 8 months. Nothing was done.
They finally gave me an MRI which showed some new active brain and spinal lesions At this point I was taken off Copaxone. The neuro felt that maybe I should try Tysabri. No luck there, I turned out to be JC positive.
Finally something was actually done to help me...5 days of IV steroid infusions to reduce all the inflammation, which helped a lot and I really believe should have happened a long time ago.
Now the plan was to start me on Gilenya.i was excited till I found out that there would be months of prep work before starting Gilenya.
9/7- Hicken Pox vaccine
9/10- eye exam to be tested for Macular Edema, which luckily, I was fine.
9/20- flu vaccine
10/11- Shingles vaccine
10/12- last prep step: EKG, unfortunnately, it showed abnormal results so I was scheduled to see a cardiologist.
11/6- met with cardiologist for another EKG. Still showe abnormal results so more tests were scheduled.
11/12- cardo appt.. Given nuclear ECG, heart ultrasound, nuclear imaging and a nuclear stress test. Results showed that I apparently had a heart attack many years ago, but things were fine now
Finally everything was ready to go for starting the Gilenya.
OMG just got the call from the neuro that even though I have successfully completed all the prep work and have been sent the Gilenya pills, the office at the hospital wherebI need to go tomorrow taking the first Gilenya dose will not be able to see mu until after the new year due to the holiday schedule!
Ugh! I am so frustrated, I whiff be without a DMD for 4 months.
Anybody have an idea what I should do now, or just ride it ou another 6 weeks?
Deb, this makes so little sense. Go back to talking to the neuro and ask for a referral for observation someplace else. This can even be done in the neuro's office. Your concern about being off a dmd is understandable, since you have always been off for a couple months from what I can tell.
In the long run it probably won't make a difference but I do understand your concern.
Deb, many people take Tysabri who are JC+
I have been JC+ before I started Tysabri......
Being in "reboundland" myself, I understand your concern. As Lulu says, we understand. Could you call Gilyna and ask them for a list of sites in your area? I know when I had scheduling infusion center difficulties with Tysabri, I just called Biogen and my caseworker "fixed" it.
Most people are JC+, so it's not unusual that you tested with it.
I had several relapses back to back and my MS Neuro wanted to put me on tysabri. I got the impression that she thought it would have a quicker effect...
Re the Gilenya.
I agree with Lulu. I'm not sure what part of the country you are in but there are multiple locations that can do the required 6 hour monitoring. Are there any infusion therapy locations near you? When they have people on Tysabri - where are they sending them? They likely do not do the infusions in the dr's office. If you have insurance, maybe you can call them and ask them for approved locations?
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