Monthly Archives: March 2016

Lemtrada (Alemtuzumab) for Multiple Sclerosis

What is Lemtrada?
Lemtrada (Alemtuzumab) is a humanized monoclonal antibody used to treat people with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) who typically have not responded to 2 or more treatments. It is technically a type of chemotherapy as it was originally released as Campath (first FDA approved in 2001) to treat B-cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (B-CLL) but was used at a much higher dose (Campath). It was later FDA approved for treating Multiple Sclerosis on Nov 14, 2014.

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How Does Lemtrada Work?

First let’s briefly explore the role of the immune system in Multiple Sclerosis and what a Humanized Monoclonal Antibody is/does. Multiple Sclerosis is believed to be an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks itself (the Myelin Sheath in the case of MS).

Finally, Some Tangible Evidence of Raynaud’s Phenomena

For the last few years, I started getting really cold hands and feet. I used to be able to hold my hand in a bucket of ice water longer than all my friends (growing up) but now when it get’s just a little cold outside my hands feel like they are going to fall off! Even if the rest of me feels hot my hands and feet are freezing! My ex-girlfriends would always get mad at me when I accidentally would bump my feet into them first thing in the morning; no one likes to be woken up by the feeling of something ice cold pressing against their skin!

How is my Relapse Going?

Man… this is draining me. So as I said before, the day I got back from Colorado I fell into a relapse. A relapse is the appearance of new symptoms or worsening of old symptoms. I am not experiencing anything new that I can think of but all the symptoms I have been dealing with for the last 12 months or so are on fire; they are so much more severe. Those of you with Multiple Sclerosis know when you are relapsing and I can tell you that I am clearly relapsing.

Trip to Colorado and a Relapse

OK, so I have not been getting this blog going like I wanted to, it’s been tough while feeling like garbage. Now last year my parents bought me a ticket to Colorado so I could visit my friends but before I could use it my health started to decline so I had to cancel my trip at the time. I was able to save my ticket as credit for a new ticket and since it was about to expire I thought I would use it, after all, I felt stable enough to make the trip. I have been walking a little better without a cane and my vision was manageable. Well, aside from my fatigue and feeling like I could hardly “keep up” it was nice to be with friends. The weather was nice too, 50’s-60’s as a high. I did get some really bad food poisoning but all things considered, it was not as bad as it could have been.