You may be surprised at this Tysabri update if you've been coming to our site for awhile. When we first wrote about this treatment option for MS, we were very adamant about not wanting Cir to try it. Why? Because of the possibility of contracting PML (Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy) - a rare, fatal and at the time, irreversible, brain infection. (Link opens a new window on our site to one of our visitors who developed the infection).
Well fortunately, over the past several years, doctors and scientists have been able to study this treatment and are now able to predict who might develop PML. If you are not at risk and you begin taking Tysabri, your risk goes up the longer you take it. Your doctor will test you regularly to see if your case has changed. If you are still not at risk, you can continue taking the infusion.
The possibility is still there, you say, so why did Cir change his mind about taking Tysabri? (Yes, he's taking it and he's had his first two infusions). To answer your question, he changed his mind after talking to several of his friends who have MS. They have been having very good results. Seriously.
They've been walking better, symptoms are being eliminated, less fatigue - just overall feeling better, so definitely a plus. That's not the only reason, though. The main reason is the risk for developing PML is almost gone. Not totally, but manageable. The test that shows if you might get it are performed at regular intervals, so that if your levels go up, your doctor can take precautions and either watch you more closely or stop the medication all together.
I must admit, I am still a little nervous. (I don't want anything to happen to my baby - he's been through so much already). I do believe the benefits do outweigh the negatives. The fact that the scientists have dealt with the risks so that your doctors will catch any changes in your health situation quick enough so that you don't develop PML, makes it a viable treatment. Soooo...., here we go!
Yes, so far, so good. Cir is two infusions in - one infusion each month. The first few - I think 5 or 6 - infusions he needs to stay an extra hour (yes, the infusion takes an hour), to make sure he doesn't have any adverse reactions.
Anything that might be an indication that he is allergic to the medication. The second infusion apparently is the one to watch. More often than not, if you are going to have a reaction it will be the second time. And thankfully, there was none. Yay!
Cir's happy. He feels like he has more strength in his legs and more energy overall. Unfortunately, he's having problems with back pain and burning, most likely due to this wacky weather. Hopefully that will change in the next couple months. We will keep you updated on his progress and would love to hear from you if you take Tysabri as well.
You can let us know about your Tysabri update as well. Even if you are still afraid to take it - hear what others experiences are to help you come to a decision. Even then, you will need to get tested first before you can begin. If you've been taking it for awhile, let us know how many months and if your experience is positive.
We've met people who have been taking Tysabri from several months to several years and doing great. We're optimistic at this point. Are you? Let us know. Scroll down and use the form below.
Sorry for the shaky video. Just getting the hang of making them for YouTube, so bear with us on that - we'll get better, hopefully. And you can add your updates in the form below.
Doctor visit in April after 3rd Tysabri infusion in March 2017
Have you started Tysabri? How long have you been taking it? Good results? If not, that's alright too. Or are you trying to decide whether or not to take it?
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Cir's 4th Tysabri Update Not rated yet
Cir's 4th infusion of Tysabri went well. No video again - hopefully next time. Also, no adverse reactions and still on an uphill as far as feeling more …
Cir's 3rd Tysabri Update Not rated yet
Hi everyone! Cir had his third Tysabri infusion this past week. Our intention was to actually do a short video, however, that did not happen. I will …