Re: MS Diagnosis - Should I start meds
Although I agree with Jayhawk, taking meds, or not taking them - is a very personal decision. I think, if you are truly unsure, you should do more research on the issue.
For me, starting meds was the only way I was going to be able to control my MS and not allow my MS to control me. I also experienced some really bad nerve damage, which probably could have been prevented, had I gone on MS drugs sooner. I lost the ability to use my left hand and fingers, due to this nerve damage....
Since starting Rebif, almost 4 years ago, I havent had a single relapse, no new lesions on my MRIs and no new symtoms. I feel that being on Rebif has been a wise choice for me. Yes, the first few months are awful, while your body gets used to the drug; but it was worth it for me to stick it out. Once the side effects stopped, they never reappeared. Betaseron is NOT your only choice. You can use Copaxone, which has no side effects...Avonex, or Rebif...both are newer on the market then Beta, and have proven to have better results....however, Betaseron is a tried and true drug, which has been on the market longest, and also shows reducting in MRI activity and future relapses....
Talk to your doctor further, resesarch it on your own, and ask all the questions you can here- from MSers who have been in your shoes.
RRMS- dx 05