Traveling with MS
Hi everyone! Just wanted to post a quick thread about traveling with MS and MS drugs, specifically syringes. I have traveled all over the world now with my Rebif and this was the first time that I have ever been stopped at an airport. Interestingly enough, it wasnt a US airport, but an overseas one which questioned my drug bag (as I call it). I didnt have a place to properly dispose of my needles where I was, so I used a small portable sharpies container and brought back the used syringes. I had used up all my actual filled syringes....
If any of you ever travel either nationally or internationally, here is the latest which the TSA says MUST accompany your travel bag. You MUST have a recent prescription for your drug (you can tear off the side of the box which your last shipment of needles came in). You MUST have a prescription or letter from your neuro stating that you have MS and this is the reason for carrying the drugs on a plane. You should NOT pack it in your luggage, but carry it in a carry-on so that it doesnt not freeze in transport.
Fortunately, I had all this with me- however Ive always had it and only this one time was ever asked to actually show it on a trip. Funny enough, after they realized that these were used syringes and not full of medicine, they still didnt confiscate them and asked why I was bringing them back with me. My explanation of disposing of them properly, rather then throwing them out in the resort's garbage can, seemed to earn me a few points!
By the way, a vacation IS the best medicine for MS! Although it was 90+ degrees and humid where I was, I still managed to keep cool by alternately jumping in the ocean and the pool all day...I had no relapse feelings at all, even my tingling and numbness seemed less noticeable. Of course those who 'know" me, know my stress level is usually thru the roof from work and school so not having that on me probably did lower my symtoms....but none the less, remember that even with MS, you can have wonderful vacations and still travel with your drugs and MS supplies. I just wanted to share with you all what you should be thinking about traveling with as the summer months approach and more of us schedule vacation time....
RRMS- dx 05