How Can People Best Manage an MS Flare?
Symptoms and treatment strategies for dealing with these tough periods.
Neurologist Lauren B. Krupp, M.D., director of NYU Langone’s Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center in New York City, explains the different ways to treat flares in multiple sclerosis.
If somebody is having an MS flare, and that is the onset of new symptoms that are lasting for a period of time, it's really important to let your doctor or health care provider know what's going on. The severity of the flare, the management of the flare, are things that really should be done with the assistance of your physician. Often a flare needs to be treated with steroids - high dose steroids, in fact - usually for a short period of time, like three to five days.
During that period of time, depending on what the nature of the symptoms are, and what's going on with you in general, you may want to stay home from work or you may feel, you can manage the things that you need to do despite these symptoms. You don't want to take on more than you need to know for sure, because you're usually going to need time and a little bit of taking it easy to let the recovery process take place.