Finding out I have RRMS
While getting diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) isn't something you would choose, it doesn't have to be defeating. Many people have talked to their doctors and have found effective therapies.
There is no one answer why someone gets RRMS. What's important is what you do now that you know where you stand. By not letting RRMS define you and by seeking effective treatment, you can help get past wondering "why me?" and begin living "what's next for me."
It can be difficult to prove if someone has RRMS. Unlike many other diseases, there is no single test for diagnosis. Your healthcare team will review your medical history for symptoms of an event or relapse.3
Symptoms of an Event or Relapse2:
- Problems with balance and walking
- Changes in vision
- Poor muscle coordination
- Sexual problems
- Bladder and bowel problems
During a physical exam, your doctor will look for signs such as:
- Irregular eye movement
- Changes in the way you talk
- Lack of coordination
- Weakness/spasticity in your arms or legs
After reviewing your medical history, doing a physical exam, and performing an MRI,* healthcare teams sometimes have enough information to make a diagnosis. Most likely, they will order more tests.
*A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can detect the distinctive lesions or scars that give MS its name. The exact relationship between MRI findings and the clinical status of people with MS is unknown.
Am I having a relapse?
RRMS is unpredictable. After you've had a first event, there is no way to tell if or when MS relapses might occur or how severe the effects might be. People may experience all or just some of the symptoms listed in Symptoms of an event or relapse. If you believe you're having a relapse, consult your doctor immediately.
Why early treatment matters
Whether you're experiencing relapses or not, RRMS can be an active disease5. So the earlier you treat, the better.
BETASERON® (interferon beta-1b) is a prescription medicine used to reduce the number of relapses in people with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). This includes people who have had their first symptoms of multiple sclerosis and have an MRI consistent with multiple sclerosis. BETASERON will not cure MS but may decrease the number of flare-ups of the disease.
The BENEFIT study
The 2-year BENEFIT study evaluated the efficacy and safety of BETASERON in Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS) patients.5 292 patients received BETASERON therapy and 176 patients received placebo, for a total of 468 patients in the study.
- Early treatment with BETASERON helped significantly delay the time to a second flare-up (conversion to clinically definite MS) compared with placebo.
- In the study, common adverse events (AEs) associated with BETASERON include injection-site reactions and flu-like symptoms.
Speak to your healthcare provider to find out if BETASERON is right for you.