Once a month, I go to an infusion center and receive a medicine intravenously that helps slow the progression of my MS. It is called Tysabri and so far has been working pretty well, as I haven’t had any relapses in almost a year.
One of the downsides, though, is that it lowers my immune system. And because of that, this week I came down with shingles. This is a very painful viral infection that is particularly concerning in a person who is immunosuppressed – someone like me.
So I am now on a cocktail of antiviral medication, high doses of neurontin and prednisone. My neurologist is calling this “aggressive” treatment. It’s a little scary to feel this sick.
The medicines I am on all cause weight gain. My doctor was sympathetic when I mentioned this, but he was very grave about how serious this illness can be for me.
On the plus side, I have no appetite.
While I am upset that this will affect my weight loss, I am trying to remember the fact that the purpose of this blog is to focus on taking care of ourselves. So I am going to do just that, take my medicine, rest and ignore the scale for the time being.