Thanks for the input. I called my neuro today and he indicated he thought that the Avonex was no longer strong enough.
Additionally, my sister in law has MS - that's how her brother and I got together, when I disclosed to my job, he was a fellow manager and checked on me every month. Anyway she was on Avonex and had additional brain lesions on her MRI and was switched to Rebif. She's been on it now for many years and is doing well. She was on the Avonex for several years prior
Like I mentioned in a previous post., I have never had any difficulties with the Avonex in 7 years. If not for the MRI, I would have happily stayed on it.
I will ask my neuro for the Avonex antibody test, as I have not started Rebif yet.
Luckily , my neuro is very open and answers every question and concern . (PS if I can handle the Avonex injection, the Rebif will be like baby injections- LOL)
I did ask my neuro when he gave me the latest MRI results, if that means my Avonex was no longer working - I had additional lesions on my brain and C-spine when I hadn't had any on my previous 4 MRI's.
His answer was that MS has can be aggressive in African Americans, but he didn't think the Avonex was no longer working. I think he based this on the fact that I originally had an episode of optic neuritis - when I was diagnosed - and I haven't had many other exacerbations or even symptons - mainly a gait issue.
That's when he mentioned wanting to change my med. He mentioned Rebif, Betaseron and Tysabri but I tested positive for the JCV virus. I asked and he told me they were all stronger than the Avonex
I will call him again and ask him if he has a concern with the efficacy of the interferons for meView Thread
I just had an aha moment when reading the Rebif packet. I never even considered that I could of had an intereferon allergy. Does an interferon allergy mean the interferon may have lost its effectiveness?
My neuro recommended that I change my MS med based on my last MRI. I had a JCV antibody test it was positive. My neuro recommends Rebif since I was previously on Avonex and I tolerated it well for the past 7 nyears. No adverse symptoms.
I was reading my intro to Rebif packet and surprisingly read that itching can be a sign of an allergy to interferons. I never really noticed before but I have had severe itching since I started taking the Avonex over the years. I attributed it to regular seasonal allergies.
I only been diagnosed with an allergy to shrimp. I usually combat the itching with allergy medication. It helps. How can I be sure it is an allergic reaction to the Avonex. And is that enough that I should not take the Rebif or should I just wait and see.
PS I am an African American female, I posted 3 weeks ago. My neuro saw asdditonal lesions on my brain and C-spine on my latest MRI. I hadn't shown any additional damage on my 4 previous MRI's. So my doctor wanted to increase the strength of my medsView Thread
Thanks , Kim. I just received the news today. I have an apt with my neuro on Friday and will discuss it more then.( FYI, I have never had any major side effects on the Avonex, and haven't had any major relapses, except balance issues) Thanks again, Kim!! You are a wonderful help!!View Thread
I just received the results of my latest MRI. I have had 4 since my MS diagnosis- relapsing remitting. They were all the same as my initial scan. However, this MRI now shows damage in my cervical region, which I didn't have before. Does this mean that Avonex is no longer helping me?View Thread