Monday, December 22, 2014

Treatment

At a Glance

Though MS cannot be cured, it is vital to try to slow the progession of the disease through treatment.  Patients are given the option to begin use of a disease-modifying drug.  Additionally, patients may be given steroid treatments during relapse periods. 

Treatment Topics
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Alternative Treatment

About 60 percent of all MS patients will try an alternative treatment at some point. Some of these methods include…

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CCSVI

Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency Surgery, or CCSVI, is a controversial surgical procedure.  The theory is that MS is caused by blood-flow problems in the…

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Disease-Modifying Drugs

The advent of disease modifying drugs made MS a treatable condition.  These drugs include beta (Betaseron), alpha (Avonex, Rebif) and glatiramer (Copaxone).

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Injectable Medications

Injectable MS medications are used to treat especially acute or severe cases of MS. 

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New Treatments

Several different new MS treatments are currently being investigated.  Some of these treatments include cannabinoids, a compound found in marijuana; estrogen; T-Cell…

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Steroids for Relapses

Using corticosteroids are the mainstay treatment for a relapse in MS. Steroids help to reduce inflammation in the central…

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Supplements and Vitamins

Theories exist vitamins and supplements can be used to help treatment MS, including that Vitamin D levels can be tied to MS.  Other vitamins and supplements that could…

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Symptom Management

Managing the symptoms of multiple sclerosis can be challenging, as symptoms include fatigue, spasticity and pain in lower limbs, bladder dysfunction, tremors and depression,…

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Hot Topics

Multiple sclerosis, with its relapsing/remitting nature, symptoms which are difficult to pinpoint and extreme variation from patient to patient, encourages misconceptions and myths. One particularly cruel myth is the MS “cure”. …