If you are diagnosed with MS, or you suspect that you might have it – you would want both to prevent ant treat. It is basically all about five things:
- Prevent MS from progressing further
- Halt active MS
- Treat active attacks/shub with cortisone
- Treat symptoms. I know nothing about this, since I don’t have severe symptoms – or believe the side-effects outweigh the effects
- Stop the MS. I write about this under “Stem Cell Transplant.
2: Halt the MS
Main treatment offered in Norway
In Norway you can get interferon/betaferon or Tysabri to halt the progress of the MS.
Interferon/betaferon can possibly give you a 30% potential reduction of future attacks. Tysabri has 70% potential reduction, and a significant reduction on permanent damage when attacked. These medication is offered to RRMS-patients. You inject it yourself one or several times a week.
Tysabri is the newest medicine, given every 4th week, intravenous at hospital. Interferon/Betaferon is injected by yourself once or several times a week. There are a lot of research done to find halt medicine to give as pills, but none is ready yet.
3. Treat active attics/schubs
In Norway, they offer SoluMedrol (a kortisonstereoid) to treat active inflammations in your nervous system. Its given intravenous in hospitals, and it takes three days.
I have had 7 of this treatments, mostly with good effect. The side-effect can be really strong, but in my experience: The stronger the side-effects, the better the effect.
Some of “my” side-effects:
- Both exhausted and frenetic at the same time
- Everythin taste metallic
- Feet doubling the size
- Depression -this is because your body very fast get used to the drug, and abstinence is jumping on you at day 4 & 5. It will pass over 🙂
I am not up to date on treatment for SPMS and PPMS.
Disclaimer: All of these information is based on my experience, and I take no responsibility for choices made based solely on this blog.