Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A World without MS

MS Research promises more treatment options in the coming decade.

There was no approved treatment for MS until about 12 years ago. Suddenly, in the last decade, building on the findings of the first medication, a choice of treatments is now available. Now there are more even more building blocks to help researchers develop new ideas and combinations for future treatments.

Among the prospects are oral medications to reduce or eliminate the need for injections. I vote for that one. There is finally an increase in studying progressive MS which currently has few options. Again, as a progressive MSer, I vote for that one.

Although there is concern of abuse, marijuana research is continuing. The National MS Society supported trial scheduled to complete in March of next year. A study in the UK is promoting Sativex, a currently unlicensed drug administered by spray. For years we have heard anecdotal evidence that cannibus-based drugs help reduce pain and spasms, but there was no research to validate that. Now there is.

One day we will live in a world without MS.
New directions and increased activity mean we are closer to that world.

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mdmhvonpa said...

Forget the treatments ... I want a CURE! Maybe next year ... hope springs eternal.

Vicki said...

mdmhvonpa, Yes, wouldn't that be nice. Merry Christmas, and here's hoping with you for the New Year.

Maggs said...

I love reading your blog!
For my part, I can say that the new oral meds (of which I am currently on the phase 3 trials of) are certainly a huge step forward. They have allowed to recover much lost mobility this past year, and best of all - no side-effects!

Merry Xmas and a happy new year to you ;-)

Vicki said...

Wow, Maggs, thanks.

Your drug trial sounds great. How nice to hear about progress and no side effects at the same time. Since it is phase 3, surely that means it's close to production!

Ah, there it goes again, hope.