Managing your multiple sclerosis (MS)

It’s not always easy, though

MS is complicated and so is treating and talking about it. You may only see your healthcare professional a few times a year, and there’s a lot to discuss, or you may struggle to express how a symptom or issue is impacting you.

The symptoms of MS can also make treatment a challenge. For example, cognitive changes or trouble communicating can make it hard to clearly describe your concerns to your healthcare professional. Memory problems might make it hard to start a new medicine and to keep taking it as directed over time as well.

Teamwork helps MS management work

Your neurologist is the leader of your MS care team and will help you understand what to expect from any MS treatment before you start. Nurses and other members of the office who you speak with regularly are also there to help.

But your neurologist and their staff aren’t the only ones in your corner. There are many others you can rely on for help living day-to-day with your MS. These can include your friends and family, as well as others who are living with MS.

A variety of online communities and advocacy groups for MS exist and can be a great source of information, inspiration, support, and more. You can find one of them here.

Professionals in other healthcare disciplines can help you manage specific MS symptoms, too. For example, physical therapists can help you maintain physical function and provide tips for safe exercise. Mental health professionals can help you talk about and navigate emotional changes.

Remember, you’re not alone on your MS journey. Lean on the knowledge and support of people who know what life with MS is like . . . they’re here to help!

For your next visit

To ensure you discuss everything that’s important to you with your healthcare professional, use this Discussion Guide to write down your MS experiences or questions, or to take notes during your visit.

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