Non sedating antihistamine tablet
It is easy to forget about the disease, or even deny its existence, when you are in remission. Even immediately after a relapse, it is easy to believe that MS is a passing ailment.When considering Campath (or Lemtrada) it may be worthwhile asking others to remind you how you felt and behaved during previous relapses.The antihistamine was to act as a prophylactic to reduce the effects of the 'Campath Rash' (more of that later), while the paracetamol was designed to keep my temperature under control.Campath (or Lemtrada) seems to make body temperature rise, and this can exacerbate other symptoms (rash, MS symptoms, headaches etc).I had a cannula inserted in my arm, which was to stay there for the rest of the week.Fortunately it didn't fail or block and need replacing.Entering hospital when you are feeling perfectly well, only to spend time there and receive a treatment which may (initially) make you unwell, is a strange experience. It also made me hope I didn't last to a sufficiently old age to endure some of the indignities suffered by the older patients with distressing neurological conditions.
I had suffered some sensory disturbances a year or two earlier, but had ignored them thinking they were the result of a sporting injury. I went numb from my feet to the middle of my chest.I won't bore you with my personal views on the efficiency or otherwise of the UK health service.Suffice it to say, my initial impressions of the ward I was destined to stay on were fairly grim.I tired more easily and found exercise and my aikido training more exhausting.I was considered for Campath (or Lemtrada) in August 2002.