Why treatment is important
Monitoring disease activity
Talking to your healthcare provider
Your healthcare provider is your best source of information, especially when choosing treatment. Together, you decide what treatment may work best for you. Download these questions to help get the conversation started at your next appointment.
You may be experiencing some MS symptoms on a daily basis. But even if you are not, underlying MS activity could be damaging your central nervous system. So even if you're feeling okay, your MS may still be active.
Although there is no cure for MS, treating your relapsing MS with medication that is right for you is one way to know you're doing what you can to help take care of yourself.
Remember to ask your healthcare provider about the potential risks and benefits of treatment, as well as any symptoms you may be experiencing.
Reducing the number of relapses, or flare-ups, is an important treatment goal. That’s because every relapse you have could be causing lasting damage to your body. And relapses may contribute to the progression of physical disability. Therapies have been shown to reduce relapses.
Brain lesions are evidence of nerve cell damage. Sometimes lesions may correspond with particular symptoms, but new lesions may also develop without any symptoms appearing and without an increase in relapses. Even though you cannot feel it, this means the disease may be getting worse. That’s why it’s important to schedule regular appointments with your healthcare provider. Therapies have been shown to reduce the number of new or changing brain lesions.
We know how important it is to you try to stay as active as possible for as long as you can. Being on the right treatment may slow disability progression. Your healthcare provider will track your physical abilities over time. Work with them to establish a baseline and monitor any changes in physical ability. You can also talk with your healthcare provider about starting treatment with an FDA-approved medication as soon as you are diagnosed.
You should always consider the benefits and risks of each therapy, as well as potential side effects and how you and your doctor can help manage them.
Most of our therapies have also been shown to slow the progression of physical disability. You should always consider the benefits and risks of each therapy, as well as potential side effects and how you and your healthcare provider can help manage them.