With the recent news of a new active lesion and talks about shaking up my treatment plan again following what was possibly my first attack in almost a year and a half, I find myself retracing the first steps I took during my diagnosis process almost three and a half years ago.
Because he felt that the risk outweighed the benefit, in my case, my doctor opted not to treat the inflammation from my new lesion with steroids, but I’ve been asked to keep other therapy options open and in the back of my mind. For now, we’re going to increase my Rebif dosage (for the third time) and hope that this time is the charm. And while I’m not looking forward to the increased pain level when injecting with a higher dose or the fear of facing more adverse reactions, I’m happy with that decision. It’s so taxing to switch therapies and now I’m starting to slowly drift into the realm of “last resort” medications, like Tysabri (which, from what I’ve been told by people who take it, is really fantastic….but can cause a brain infection and kill you).