I’m in the final stages of diagnosis for MS, but from the tests it’s looking near certain that, that’s what it is. I was looking at some pamphlets for DMT’s today that I took from the neuro’s office, as well as reading online.
I don’t want to upset/scare anyone with this post but it does pertain to my fear over the fact that they all seem to increase chances for certain cancers, specifically skin cancer (not so worried about basal and squamous, but very afraid of melanoma). I am already at high risk for melanoma and I will not take my chances…especially because along with this very likely MS, I also developed ‘halo nevi’ a condition where my body attacks my moles (these two autoimmunities occurred in conjunction with one another, it seems). My derma said that this is a ‘good sign’ as my immune system is hyper vigilant…ha ha ha…this was before the whole ‘MS’ thing came to light. I fear that if I made it less vigilant…the moles would turn.
Worst of all, somebody I follow online with MS has developed stage 4 melanoma…she says that she feels it is because of her medications over the years. I feel deep, deep sorrow for her.
I know this is a sad post and the last thing I want to do it upset any of you. I also know that medication is a touchy topic. I would have taken it no problem, if it weren’t for the increased skin cancer risk. I would have lived with cold and flu symptoms every day of my life if it meant I might be slowing the MS…but the anxiety over the skin cancer side-effect would be too much for me.
I feel so down and deflated by these revelations.
Any thoughts and/or advice would be much appreciated.
Thanks so much.
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