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MS Treatments

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is disease of the central nervous system that may affect the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. Although there is currently no known cure for MS there a number of treatments available to manage and relieve specific symptoms, help reduce relapses, and slow the progression of MS.  There are also therapies that can improve a person’s ability to manage daily functions and help them continue to enjoy their regular activities.

Types of treatments

Treatments for MS are generally classified into three categories:

  • Disease modifying drugs (DMD) or immunotherapy to slow the progression of the disease and reduce relapse rates.
  • Immunomodulating or Immunosuppressing therapy to inhibit or suppress the activity of the immune system.
  • Steroid medication to reduce the severity of symptoms caused by a relapse.

Choosing the right treatment for you

With the variable nature of MS and the different ways each person responds to medications, there is no single solution that will be suitable for all people with MS. Most treatments have not been tested against each other so it is impossible to make comparisons about the effectiveness of one treatment over another. Your choice of treatment is a personal one and there are many non-MS circumstances that may affect treatment choices for each individual. These may include employment, family planning, travel, other medications and other existing medical conditions.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with MS or if you are looking at changing how you manage your MS, please speak to your neurologist or GP for advice about what medical treatments and self-management strategies might be most suitable. You can discuss the pros and cons of each type of treatment, such as possible side effects, and together reach a decision about which therapy works best for you and your circumstances.

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Lifestyle choices and self-management

Many people with MS find that changes to lifestyle choices and the incorporation of exercise, mindfulness, and other healthy activities can make a positive impact on the management of their symptoms.  MS Queensland offers a range of services including neurophysiotherapy and exercise prescription, mindfulness workshops, and information and resources on diet, nutrition and other aspects of living well with MS.

 

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