21 July 2009

Ho Hum

I had my periodic check up with my neurologist today. For some reason, I was just very anxious about it. Probably because I had a relapse so soon after starting a new medication. She had a new resident with her today, so I had a little more attention than normal. Which is fine. It doesn't really bother me. My hyper-reflexes in my legs weren't so hyper this time. Some of my other reflexes were spread: Tap my bicep and my fingers twitch. I had to close my eyes and touch my nose. I got the side of it with my right hand and got the tip with my left. After the once through it came time to discuss what to do.

I have another MRI scheduled for Monday. When it comes to MS, the first assumption with any new symptom is that it's MS. My hand could be carpal tunnel, but is probably another relapse. We're going to hold off on another round of steroids for right now and see if my hand will clear up on it's own. The doctor finally came to the conclusion that the mega-doses of steroids in tablet form really don't do anything for me. If it doesn't get better in a month, we'll do another round of IV's followed by a taper.

No doctor likes to continually change medications to see what works. So Tysabri is back on the table. According the doctor, I am an excellent candidate for it. Am I an excellent candidate for PML as well? There is always that question: "What if?"

What if I don't go on Tysabri?

What if I do go on Tysabri?

These are the heavy questions that I left the office with. Needless to say, my dower mood from before hasn't really changed. It's a good thing I get my hair colored or else my grey hair would really be showing.

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