Avonex helped me to stop the progress of my transitional MS

Diagnosed in 2007 of MS, the director of the Neurology department of the CHU of Nice in France suggested to start a therapy using either cyclophosphamide or Avonex. We opted for a weekly injection of interferon 1-b. I notice almost immediately an improvement in my walking and also less fatigue.

I kept using Avonex since 2007

Three month ago I was diagnosed of three duodenal ulcers and a pneumonia. The doctors stopped Avonex and I have been suffering of more fatigue while having more difficulty walking. in addition I had to face an increasing loss of balance. Despite the fact the IRM done annually since 2007 did not show an augmentation of the number of lesions with a diminution of their size, my Specialist in neurology decided not to prescribe me Avonex! Since I stopped the injections, the symptoms are getting worse very rapidly and it seems that I am going through a relapse and a very strong period of flare.

Doctor Benzakel, specialist in neurology in Nice France, argued that it was a treatment too expensive and that the use of interferon in MS patients was bound to disappear. He wanted to switch to Azathioprine and I refused.

I am desperate seeing the symptoms getting worse every day and I have been looking for a new doctor who would agree to restart Avonex therapy.

I read that some clinical studies using Avonex vs placebo have confirmed that this medication is useful not only in RRPMS but also in transitional and progressive forms of MS.

I want to share my experience and point out the benefits of Avonex I experienced during the last seven year. Not only my condition did not worsen but on the contrary, it improved!
In addition I tolerate Avonex very well and never experienced adverse effects such as flue like symptoms.

Has anybody experienced the benefits of Avonex to help them cope and improve MS?

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