June 29, 2010

I want a new drug

I want a new drug, yes I do.
Huey Lewis and the News
I want a new drug
One that won't spill
One that don't cost too much
Or come in a pill

I want a new drug
One that won't go away
One that won't keep me up all night
One that won't make me sleep all day

One of the most awful things about MS is the endless piles of pills that are prescribed to you to manage the symptoms. They cost all sorts of money, they interact with each other, causing more symptoms, they rob one system to manage another.
I've fought the drug thing as much as possible and even resent taking the ones that are supposed to be managing my disease (the endlessly expensive Copaxone)
Lately, though, I've found a new drug, one that I had forgotten about.
My symptoms are relatively quiescent at the moment, so I'm doing the exercise thing, and I tell you, if you can force yourself past that 10-15 minute barrier and break out in a sweat, those endorphins are fabulous.  I could become an addict, easy. Today I was singing along as I gasped through 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer - at least until someone else came in. Sweating like anything, no glowing for this gal. It was wonderful, joyful, painful....;-)
I'm trying to be careful, keeping cool, trying to keep my fluids up - but once I start it is so hard to stop....
Love it.


Have Myelin? said...

I hate Copaxone.

So what is the new drug or is exercise what you are doing?

Dabble and the Mad Sow said...

I hate copaxone, too,and I do wonder what it is all for, those thousands of dollars every month. Still I jab, though I miss more often than I used to. Nope - I'm exercising while I can and it seems to be helping, a lot. My strength is coming back and though it often means I can't do anything more than gasp for the rest of the day, at least my heart has seen a few extra beats per minute for 30 minutes or so.