Sorry that the dx wasn't better, but certainley an effecient neuro. It's good that he's going to get you started on meds soonest. Lots of other more knowledgable than I am, but you can learn so much on here..Hugs & prayers............
Hey, girl, we're here for you. You'll go through a lot of emotions before 'coming out on the other side,' and that's okay. I'm in the same process, just a bit further along.
My doctor suggested I look on the National MS Society web site for info about the med options (which I already had done anyway). Any site is good that is not trying to 'sell' but merely informing you. Take your time, and try to see which one matches best what you think you can tolerate. Copaxone is different from the others, but it too has side effects. The drug companies are very helpful and will send a nurse to you to help you learn to inject. Of course the meds are unbelievably expensive, so I hope you have good insurance. If money is a problem, they have programs to assist you, so don't let that be a factor. And remember that if the med you select proves difficult you can try another one. Everything is not riding on this one decision.
You are right, this is a great support group! I too have learned so much and continue to learn, and I'm very grateful. I'm glad you're staying here too.
I too am sorry about your diagnosis. I got mine 4 months ago and remember how sad and hopeless and panicked I felt that day. Like you, I wasn't shocked, as deep down as I have believed for the previous 18 months that it was MS. Still, to finally have the confirmation, was scary. I hadn't been suffering badly like a lot of others on this board, so for me the dx was NOT a relief. But I can say that after 4 months, it is less scary and becoming more a fact of life.
For me, what has helped is allowing myself to open up to a few close friends about it, and, having the support of my strong, compassionate husband. I have not disclosed widely, and don't know whether I ever will. Don't feel rushed or pressured to do this if you're not sure. I have opted not to attend a MS support group, it's just not my thing. This board has been more helpful than I could have imagined. :)
There is lots of good information out there, including on this board. The trick is, not to get saturated with it. I used to make the mistake of doing a lot of my MS research at night, before going to bed, then I'd lay awake for hours dwelling on it. Now I do my reading in the day and just try to relax in the evening, enjoy my time with my husband and talk about the many interesting things in life that have nothing to do with MS or being sick.
I start Rebif next week. I'm also not thrilled at the idea of injecting myself but have a lot of hope that it's going to help me control this disease. I will give you my opinion once I've been on it awhile.
I wish you lots of hope and peace of mind at this tough time.
I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis, but at least you are out of limboland.
Now you can work on taming the MonSter.
Honey...I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis and it's easy to say at least you are out of limbo land but I can relate to the waves of different emotions you are apt to feel in the next few days.
Please remember that we are here for you, to help you work through those emotions and help you make the adjustment to being a person with Multiple Sclerosis. You can now get your meds all straightened out and the ones that are on the meds here I am sure will be a great help! I hope that it all works out for you so that you can now move on with your life!
Let us know how you are making out gollie ok? We care more than you can imagine!
Lots of Hugs,
YOUR POST MADE ME CRY,IT WAS A YEAR AGO I WAS DX'D OR SHOULD I SAY REDIAGNOSED.
PLEASE REMEMBER WE ARE HERE FOR YOU.
EVEN THOUGH MS WAS IN YOUR MIND,THE ACTUAL DIAGNOSIS IS A STICKER SHOCK,YOU'LL HAVE MANY EMOTIONS RUNNING THROUGH YOU,PLEASE TAKE TIME TO ABSORB AND TIME TO GO THROUGH THE EMOTIONAL PROCESS.
NOW FOR THE MEDS, THE ONLY ONE I HAVE BEEN ON IS ,IS REBIF, I HAVE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE NOT HAVING ANY SIDE EFFECTS,I TAKE TYLENOL,ALEIVE OR IBPROFEN BEFORE MY INJECTION,I DO IT BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP THAT WAY ANY SIDE EFFECTS I SLEEP THROUGH,ITS INJECTABLE WITH AN AUTO-INJECTOR RIGHT UNDER THE SKIN 3 DAYS A WEEK,I DO MINE SUNDAY,TUESDAY AND THURSDAY THAT WAY I HAVE THE WEEKEND OFF.
COPAXONE IS UNDER THE SKIN ALSO BUT 7 DAYS A WEEK
AVONEX IS THE SAME AS REBIF BIT THAT GOES IN THE MUSCLES ONCE A WEEK(OUCH)
BETASERON I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT.
PLEASE LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN ABOUT THE MEDS.
THIS IS A PERSONAL CHOICE.
MY NEURO TOLD ME TO GET INFORMED AND THEN PICK,BUT HE PICKED FOR ME.
PLEASE TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF AND REMEMBER MS IS LIVEABLE.
SENDING YOU HUGS
I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Now comes your greiving period, which seems to be what all of us go through, when we finally hear the words, "You have MS." At first we are glad for finally having a diagnosis, then we go through the feeling of being punched in the stomach. I am so sorry honey. I am glad that you don't have to go through this alone...dont forget you have US...always.
As far as the medications, you have to do some research and decide for yourself. I hate to pass along my experiences, since I do not want to sway your decision either way. I have tried the Interferons and they work well. I am on Copaxone now. But it's a decision you have. What ever suits your daily schedule, as far as daily injections or once weekly, or every other day....that's what you need to read up on.
We are here for you sweetie. Through every step of the process. You HAVE your support group right here. I do not recommend physical support groups, where you meet at someone's home. I found that they were depressing and offered little support. I got discouraged when two of the members were in wheelchairs, as that really is a very rare aspect of MS. All that was discussed at the meetings was aches and pains. I found nothig positive about the meetings, so I stopped going. My mood even improved. When you are just starting out with your diagnosis, that can be a bit overwhelming to hear. I wouldn't put yourself through that. But again, that is your decision. Totally.
Lean on us and lean on us often. Relax and let all of this sink in....
I am sorry...it was just last Wednesday I got my dx. It has been a whirl wind every since. The doctor decided what she wants me on. I have had phone calls from health care workers of one sort or another every day.
My Avonex arrived today. The nurse will be here tomorrow. Although I am not going to take the Avonex until Friday evening. I need to make sure I have someone here with me and the kids before I take my first dose.
I am going through what you are. I was relieved at first but then reality set in. I feel like if I can just get through getting my treatment set up.....I will be fine.
I was given some meds for TN and it is working. That makes me very happy! I guess the rest of life will be a wait and see ride. Not much different that the ride I just came off of. The only difference is I now know what IT is. My PCP told me I had an "IT" this summer. The only thing is he did not know what "IT" was. Now we know.....
I have found so much support on this board and a good MS friend on another. I guess this is a new road. We stepped through a door we can not go back through. A new adventure I suppose.
dx'd MS 2-13-2008
I'M SO SORRY FOR YOUR DX.
I HAVE TEARS FOR YOU RITE NOW.
I WAS DX IN MAY 2007, I AM NOT ON ANY SHOTS.
I TRYED COPAXONE AND HAD A SIDE EFFECT,
SO I STOPPED. I WAS ON IT FOR 3 MONTHS.
I AM OFF SHOTS NOW FOR 5 MONTHS, I AM DOING,
THANK GOD WELL, I HAVE GOOD DAYS AND BAD ONES.
LIKE EVERYONE. DO YOUR RESEARCH, YOU WILL
MAKE THE RITE DICISION. WE ARE ALL HERE.
I LOVE THIS PLACE.
Hi thank you so much for you replies just got rid of the head ache and came in to check post. Thank you for all the support.
Some of you are right on about the emotional and greving process, i was pre pared for it
tho after reading and learning so much about ms Dx's before hand, especially after being in limbo land for so long. i expected It, but to actually experience it is a whole other experience. Iv been keeping my head together pretty good since the nero appt this morning, but in the same instance i can feel the stress in my stomach, and still getting the feeling of disbelief, im assumming ill go threw alot more emotions in the next few days, ( I did till my son and his wife today and even tho they were expecting it as well its still a horrible feeling to have to tell your kids this no matter how old they are. I have yet to tell my younger son and wife) grrr. but am determined to tame the MonSter as momotreme would say. then get on with my life move forward and learn how to live and cope with MS and meds and anything else that may go with it. along with all of your help and support here) I am sooooo hoping that with the right meds, that i may see some relief from pain symtoms ect, and maybe be able to have more good days than bad days as opposed to what i have been used to for so long now.
Essdipity You mention that copaxone is different than the others , can you tell me abit more on that.
Oh I do have med insurance, my co pay it abit high but not that bad, 40.00 per month co or i could mail order 3 months worth for 80.00 but question on that tho, are these medicins somthing that can be mail order , and is it common to order a 3 month supply
or will it spoil.
I havnt called my med insurance company yet but I do not see rebif listed in my covered drug list booklet, only
betaseron even so if any one is using the above still like to hear more on how others are doing with them.
after i get educated on above four meds i will call insurance company to find out if they cover the rebif.
Thank you LLWB Essdipity Double vision1 Monotreme Rena705 and last but not least Heather!
HI there, Thank You for your kind words and support
LATW so im a week behind, I hope things will even out soon for you! Avonex has one nice option that i like already , its only once a week..
IM also wondering might my primary care office do the injections for me without a copay to go in there. has anyone done this? Because im not so sure i will be able to do my own injections its kinda makes me prettty squimish. jsut to think about it and also very often i get shaky hands and muscel spasam in hands and fingers which dont always make for good coordination in that department. as you all my have guessed from my typing already lol.
Kitten and all , the the injection meds somthing that we need to stay on all the time now?
and do you only go off them if having side affect? if so kitten do you use somthing else in place of copaxone? Im glad to hear your doing well!!!! Gollie
Oh and as some others have stated already, I do not plan to go to a public support group
MY nero strongly suggested it so i could get myself educated about ms all all that goes with it, but i do not belive than i would benift in a public group, anywhere near as much as i have benifitted here on this community. This is my support group!! Gollie
I AM NOT ON ANY SHOTS.
MY NEURO WAS P-SSED BUT IT
IS MY DISCISION. I TAKE MEDS FOR PAIN AND MY
TREMORS. I LISTEN TO MY BODY AND I AM
LEARNING WHEN TO REST , WHICH IS NOT EASY
FOR ME. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VERY ACTIVE.
I SEE MY MD FOR MY MEDS, MY MD IS THE BEST.
I READ ALOT, AND I AM ON THE WEB,
KINDA EDUCATING MYSELF.
YOUR FRIEND KITT