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Relapse or symptom of restarting Avonex?

I've been on Avonex for 2.5 years and it's suited me well but I have just had a 4 week break.  I then took my injection on Tuesday night and was strangely fine on Wednesday and Thursday but on Friday, Saturday and today I have lost about 50% of my strength from my left arm and leg.

Is this likely to be a side effect from restarting the Avonex (muscle weakness) or a relapse?

The weak leg is easier than the weak arm as you use your arm all the time :-(
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Hi and welcome to our little MS community,

It's hard to say one way or the other because it really could be a relapse and it happening 48 hours after starting Avonex again is a weird coincidence. IF your running a fever or your temperature has increase since restarting again and the left arm and leg weakness is a preexisting issues, it could also be possible that it's a pseudo and not a true relapse too.

If you haven't contacted your neuro, it would probably be a good idea to discuss this with him or her about what could be happening (relapse vs Avonex)...

Sorry I don't have a definitive answer......JJ
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Avonex possible side effects are depression and flu-like symptoms--fever/shivers, body aches and pains, general crappiness. These are usually helped by aspirin, or similar products, particularly ibuprofen. I was on Avonex for a number of years.

What you describe sounds to me much more like a relapse. I'm betting OTC products don't help.

And although I do understand wanting a bit of a break from Avonex, not a good idea. You might now want to consider one of the much newer MS meds in pill form.
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