Multiple Sclerosis Treatments

Published 10/25/11


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Receiving an MS diagnosis can be difficult.  But, with the various treatments available today, you c

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Hi, my name is Amy Gerwitz. I've had MS for 23 years and I'm here to tell you some things that you may want to know now that you've been diagnosed. If there's a good time to be diagnosed with MS, now is it. When I was diagnosed in 1988 there were no treatment options, and now we have numerous choices. There's a lot to feel hopeful about now. Something to keep in mind when you're deciding which treatment to use is that everyone is different. Each person responds to every drug differently. So, when you're making the decision to use a specific drug and you at the side effects, don't be deterred by that. Every person responds differently and you may never experience some of the side-effects that they list. That may be the drug that works best for you, so it's something important to keep in mind. It can be very valuable to go to the social-networking sites that you frequent and talk to be about the drug decisions and the questions you may have about what others have experienced. I've had a lot of good connections on Facebook, the MS community there is huge. But, you have to keep in mind that when you're getting all of these responses is that everyone responds differently to everything. So, you'll be able to see the vast differences in these types of responses to the medications. And of course it will help you keep in mind that you may not experience those specific scenarios. Another thing to keep in mind is symptom-management drugs. That's a very important addition to your disease-modifying drug. They're drugs that relate directly to a symptom that you need addressed. And once again, different meds work for different people at different times. So, keep that in mind you make your decisions and I think that will be a good opportunity to get the information you need. Many don't want to go the drug route and have great results with alternative treatments; from yoga, meditation, diet, vitamins and even other alternative drug options. There are many ways you can go and you should research all of the possibilities, they may work for you. Some symptoms can be hard to treat and require a combination of drugs to be effective. Your doctor can help you come up with that mix, sometimes called a 'cocktail', to see what's right for you. It can be a long process but, is ultimately worth it, and is, as they say, 'just what the doctor ordered'. And that's how I see it as an expert on MS. I also recommend you reach out to your doctor for more details. Or go to Google and type in 'multiple sclerosis treatment options' for more information.

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