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Posted by Mike
on May 04, 2000 at 14:59:42:
In Reply to: Susan: Why I Haven't Taken Medication posted by Talia on April 28, 2000 at 22:32:11:
The longer you wait thats where you stay.If you get worse and then start avonex, thats where you will stay! Start now and stop the slide! Are you afraid of needles?
: Hi, Susan. Thought you'd like to know I've read research that indicates optic neuritis as an initial symptom is a good sign that your course may be mild. I'm not a doctor (I just read a lot) but I believe it's possible you could never develop symptoms elsewhere. I'm not positive it was my first symptom, but I believe I got optic neuritis when I was 20. 5 years later I got a different, very mild, symptom, then a different one which led to my diagnosis. I haven't had another exacerbation until this year (I'm 37 now.) I'm the person who wrote earlier--I'm majorly conflicted about starting Avonex (despite doctors' orders) because I have had such success without it. I did not "cure" myself with natural food and a low fat diet, but I definitely HELPED myself. I recommend adopting this way of eating (along with no caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes or artificial sweeteners) to everyone with MS. I avoid anything that can potentially screw around with my brain (all of the above.) BUT, consequently, this lifestyle is making the concept of starting Avonex so difficult to adjust to. It's like changing everything I believe in and have relied so faithfully upon. It's really tough for me to do (that's why I haven't started yet.) I'm worried about jinxing myself.
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