Today, overwhelming fatigue has settled in - the kind where I'm trying to read new blog postings and I can't focus on the screen or even keep my eyes fully open. And I even slept a full night, waking only once around 5:30am to visit the bathroom. So today's post will be brief and didn't require any extra research but it still presents an important topic to discuss.
Have you ever skipped a day of injecting your chosen DMD? What if you skipped a week? and that week turned into two or three? Have you ever wondered if the DMDs really made a difference?
Well, I have to be frank and admit that at the beginning of February when I was caring for my dying cat, I didn't shower every day. If I didn't shower, I didn't take my Copaxone like a good little MS patient. My regular morning routine is wash my face, put in my contacts, brush my teeth, shower, self-inject, dress. I had many days which I skipped many of those steps. Do I think that this had an influence on my recent relapse (which was improving but now seems to be regressing)? It very well might have in addition to the added emotional stress of the events.
Just yesterday fellow MS blogger, Jenn, discussed insurance changes and the increased cost she will be facing to get her hands on Copaxone. She also tells of having skipped days and even stopping injections altogether not long ago. AND she is experiencing a relapse after MRIs only a month ago showed no new lesions since her diagnosis last summer.
Is there a relationship between irregular DMD usage and relapse rates? I don't have a definitive answer.
Then, Stu shares his personal story: "My Hiatus from My MS Medication - The Pros and Cons - A Valuable Lesson Learned." It is a worthy read, providing food for thought regarding the effects of the disease-modifying medications.
What are you thoughts? Have you ever skipped injection days? If so, why and did you experience any consequences?