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In the last 10 years, I have been on at least five different medications to manage my MS. If you talk to my neurologist or read my file, in the section where it talks about medication, it says “noncompliant” next to almost every single one. “Noncompliant” is just a technical and nice way of saying “she literally never takes her medication.”
What can I say? I hated taking shots... HATED it. I hated the lumps under my skin, I hated the bruises, and I hated the burning. It was the worst.
I tried two oral medications, one of which I had a reaction to and couldn’t continue. The other, I gave my honest-to-gosh best try. I set alarms. I tried to make sure I had it on me at all times. I gave what we could call a valiant effort, but I kept forgetting the second dose. And, worst of all, the side effects never stopped. That oral medicat