I am definitely seeing improvements now. It has not happened overnight though.
14 months ago i was housebound. I had a lot of pain in my face/neck/jaw area - i decided not to take neuropathic pain relief for this (my choice!). It can only be the Tecfidera that is lowering my pain as i don’t take any other medication at all.
I am starting to be able to smell things again (very poor sense of smell and taste for several years previously). Taste is slightly improved.
My fatigue has improved and i am now getting out of the house again. My feet were a bit numb and now i can feel them much better.
Even though i am still experiencing the flushing - every time i flush i think the Tecfidera is reducing my inflamation/lesion . The more i flush - the better - because i feel this drug is working.
14 months ago i would have never believed that i would see improvements - i believed Tecfidera would hopefully just stabilise my ms (if i was lucky)
My neuro believes i have a pretty bad lesion or inflamation that has been been causing my symptoms. I believe this inflamation/lesion is reducing. I think i have a little way to go yet but if i can continue to improve like this - i will be the happiest person alive!!
I’m so glad i moved onto this drug - of course,it might not be the same for everyone but its worth a try.
Don’t expect to see an overnight improvement though - it’s been a tough time but i believe if i had not changed medication i would have continued to get worse.
p.s the rebif kept my ms stable for those 10 yrs so i don’t regret taking it - but for me - it was the right time to move on as it just stopped working.