I was diagnosed with a mild form of MS in January this year after 6 months of ‘‘grey areas’’, waiting periods and the unknown. I started my chosen medication of Avonex a month ago and it has been fine. I didn’t get a lot of immediate side effects after my first injection (some flu like symptoms, achey, tiredness etc,.) however I experienced lethargy the first week after and my body has tricked me into thinking it is hungry so I have been reaching for the comfort foods too quickly!
When I was diagnosed I was pretty distraught and logged onto this forum for some sort of reassurance. Well, it did me the world of good, which is why I wanted to contribute to help any newly diagnsoed patients. In my experience, nothing is as scary as is expected. Something like MS can be mind-over-matter and I have learned NOT to let it define me. I have told my nearest and dearest only, as I can’t be bothered to handle people’s ‘‘oh my god I’m so sorry to hear that’’ reactions. I found that once I started the medication, for me it is the last obstacle to get over initially - the sooner I can get used to it, the sooner I can slot it to the side of my life. I’m not the biggest fan of needles so the Avonex injection pen suited me the best, as well as it only being administered once a week.
I think these forums are great and I find comfort in knowing that others are going through something similar. And I like to think that I am approachable should anyone have any questions about Avonex.
Thanks for reading this