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What is Multiple Sclerosis? (MS)
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Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. It is usually diagnosed by a neurologist after an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the brain and/or the spinal chord. The MRI will show lesions both old and "active" ones which will be lit up. However no single test can conclusively diagnose Multiple Sclerosis. Other diseases must first be ruled out for a provider to make a diagnosis.
What are the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis is very difficult to diagnose because a plethora of symptoms can occur in a person and no two people present with the same symptoms. There do tend to be some common ones amongst patients.
The most common symptoms are:
-Walking Difficulties (gait)
-Numbness in face, body, arms or legs
-Spasticity (stiffness, muscle spasms, etc.)
-Bladder or Bowel problems
-Dizziness or vertigo
-Pain and itching
-Depression or emotional changes
Less common issues are swallowing, tremors, speech problems, seizures, breathing problems and hearing loss.
More information can be found at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website.
Multiple Sclerosis Drug Company Links to Live Learning Events
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The following are links to pages where you can sign up for Live Events put on by the Drug Companies who make Multiple Sclerosis drugs that are in your area to learn about Multiple Sclerosis Treatments and Therapies. The events are usually presented by prominent area doctors in the field and also some have patients who have taken the drug tell personal stories.
Please note that due to the pandemic many companies have suspended in person events indefinitely.
Some companies have completely removed events pages from their websites.
Aubagio - Aubagio is an Oral Disease Modifying Drug made by Genzyme also known as Teriflunomide.
Note Aubagio does not currently appear to have an events page due to website redesign)
Aubagio Live Events Page
Ocrevus is an infusion drug for both relapsing and progressive Multiple Sclerosis.The first infusion is split over 2 weeks and consecutive infusions are given every six months. No PML has been reported as yet with this drug however it does carry some risk.
Ocrevus Live Events Page
Gilenya - Gilenya is an Oral Disease Modifying Drug Made by Novartis also know by the name Fingolimod.
Gilenya Live Events Page
Rebif - Rebif is an injectable Disease Modifying Drug made by EMD Serono also known as interferon beta 1-a.
Rebif Live Events Page
Ampyra - Ampyra, also known as "The Walking Pill" and by the drug name dafampridine, is one of the few types of Drugs that actually attempt to help MS symptoms. Ampyra is made to help patients walk faster and achieve better balance. It does help some patients achieve much better results.
Ampyra Live Events Page
Plegridy - Plegridy is an injectable Disease Modifying Drug made by Biogen also nown as peginterferon beta-a. The drug is similar to Avonex only it is not given as requently.
Plegridy Live Events Page
Lemtrada is an injectable infusion taken for a full week and only once per year. It is also known as alemtuzumab and like Tysabri is a monoclonal antibody drug.
Lemtrada Live Events Page
TYSABRI® (natalizumab) is a once monthly infusion prescription medicine used totreat adults with relapsing forms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Tysabri has one of the highest success ratings in preventing new lesions but carries considerable risks of PML.
Tysabri Live Events Page
Tecfidera - Tecfidera is a pill that is usually taken twice per day.
Tecfidera Live Events Page
Copaxone is an injectable drug taken daily or three times per week
Copaxone Live Events Page
Mayzent is a pill for active secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.
MAVENCLAD® (cladribine) tablets is indicated for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include relapsing-remitting disease and active secondary progressive disease in adults.
Mavenclad Live Events
Zeposia Events a new pill approved for relapsing MS and Secondary progressive MS
Vumerity is a pill for relapsing MS
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