Archive for February, 2008

Multiple Sclerosis Log

Personally, I don’t write a Multiple Sclerosis log myself as I don’t always want to be reminded if my MS. But I can see that it helps people who have more symptoms. And for these patients it is essential to know what is going on, why it is going on, what has been tried to resolve the problem and was it successful or not. These are the kinds of information your neurologist needs from you if you see him or her at the next appointment. And I know that once I will have more problems myself — I will start the journal. No question about that.

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Best Time to Inject Avonex

I just heard some thoughts about better ways to take Avonex shots. A friend told me about a woman who had suffered from the same Avonex side effects I have been suffering but she had trained herself from not getting affected by those flu like symptoms any longer. She had tried many different ways but found out that it is best to take the shot earlier during the day and fight the side effects during the day. Instead of taking the shot at dinnertime she is taking her shot sometimes after lunch and keeps her regular life going. After a few weeks her body got used to dealing with those side effects until not only the shot but also the side effects were a piece of cake.

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Motor Vehicle Accident and Multiple Sclerosis

Two days ago I have been in a car accident and I am scared. I have a cervical sprain and my nervousness results from the fact, that all of my lesions are in the lower part of the brain and in my upper spine. Just were my head was moving around in the accident.

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Where are my Car Keys?

Sometimes it can be amusing when I lose things over and over again. It is not funny when I am losing the family wallet with tons of credit cards, drivers license and somehow my whole life every few months. It is a pain to get all those documents back (especially when you are here on a student visa and have no real legal way of doing anything without going to different places (school, social security administration and God know where else). I guess I am just real absent minded. In the beginning I was blaming all of that on my Multiple Sclerosis.

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Feeling Guilty and Scared

I know, I know. Or better I know that I should know better. I haven’t been very good with my Avonex lately. Usually I am taking my shot every Friday – but due to moving into a different state, trying to find a hospital who is still willing to sponsor international nurses as well as some personal issues I wasn’t able to find a day where I could take my shot for a couple of weeks. I am scared as the last time I didn’t take my shot for a few months I have been heading down towards an exacerbation. And I really don’t want to get into that again. A few minutes ago I have given myself the shot and wait now for the side effects. The good thing – House will be on at 9. So I am trying to stay up until then, watch the show and then go to bed and hope that my side effects will be covered up by my sleeping pill. I don’t like taking Ambien. But if I only take it one day a week (not even that much if I skip my Avonex) than this s fine. And it surely, does give me a good night sleep. So if you are still suffering from your side effects ask you doctor for one pill each week. Give it a try – for me it makes a big difference in the way I feel the following morning. Without Ambien I feel really bad. With Ambien I feel just a little bit on the strange side – it is a no-brainer to me. But again, after not taking my Avonex for a few weeks, I expect some bigger side effects this week. But we will see how it goes.

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