Hi everyone, I’m new to the MS forums.
I’m hoping to reach out to somebody who has been in a similar situation to my current one.
I’m 27 years old, diagnosed in July 2014. I’ve been dx with RRMS however due to the onset of the disease I’ve been on tysabri ever since dx. I’m also JCV positive. My onset was complete paralysis and total numbness in my entire body from the chest down which happened more or less overnight. Took a total of 10 weeks to get back to normal, minus some nerve damage to my bladder (retention) and reduced sensation in legs and feet. Touch wood, I’ve not had a relapse since, so I’m guessing the tysabri is doing its job.
Now me and my wonderful fiancé are pregnant after several months of trying and one very early miscarriage. Docs estimate around 6 weeks. We’re over the moon but now I have a ton of questions and my neuro and ms nurse can only give me estimated answers. Though I guess the unpredictability of this disease doesn’t exactly help.
My first concern is, I’m six weeks pregnant but I had my last tysabri infusion 3 weeks ago and I guess I’m worried what kind of effect that could have on my baby. Also, I’ve read some articles and forums that insinuate a lot of women have a relapse after giving birth, have any of you experienced this? Any stories or experiences from anyone would be great. There’s nothing like the worry of a woman’s first pregnancy, never mind throwing in a mix of having MS, having to come off the one drug that’s kept me relapse free- plus being jcv positive… trying not to worry but as an anxiety sufferer that’s like telling a fish not to swim haha.