As part owner of a travel agency, David enjoys scuba diving and traveling around the world. He also owns his own business that creates unique beverages. David believes his optimistic attitude helps keep him in control of his own life with relapsing MS.
As much as possible, when I’m taking my therapy, I want to go about my daily activities the same way I did before I started my therapy. I would say that most days for me are relatively simple: I get up, go to work, go home, settle in, go to bed and start over again the next day. Surprisingly, my days follow this schedule with few exceptions and I think I like keeping it that way. In fact, I look for ways to try to keep that routine consistent while taking my therapy for relapsing MS.
What are some of the things I considered in choosing a DMD (disease-modifying drug)?
First, I spoke with my neurologist about the DMDs and which might be right for me. If every DMD worked for every person, this would be an easy process, but that is not the case. I trust my neurologist’s experience with different DMDs.I am always interested in my neurologist’s opinion, for every aspect of my health related to MS, and a DMD is just one aspect.
Next, I considered the profile of different DMDs. For example, with my travel schedule it would be more practical to take injections fewer times per week. I also asked myself if I could I manage the side effects that were typically seen with a particular DMD, or would that be too disruptive with my schedule?
Finally, I stay informed by reading the research and available information on all of the approved DMDs. I subscribe to several free magazines that focus on MS related information and make time to review the articles so that I stay up to date on DMDs and their successes (and failures). I figure that the more I know and understand about the DMDs available, the more confident I will be about the choice we made.
Choosing the “right” DMD is no easy task for anyone with MS. It becomes a balancing process where we measure our confidence with a DMD through research, and match that with our neurologist’s recommendation.
I have a wonderful relationship with my neurologist so I place great emphasis on his recommendation. Luckily, like everything else in regards to my MS, I look at the choices and find the right balance.