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MS treatment: Working with your neurologist

To get the most from your MS treatment, you should know 5 key facts. In "MS treatment: Start early and stick with it" we talked about the first 2 of these. MS treatment facts 3, 4, and 5 will help you work with your neurologist to make sure you are on an appropriate multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment.

Fact #3: It's important to take an active role in your treatment.

This means:

  • Take your medication as directed by your doctor, even when you aren't having noticeable symptoms.
  • Keep track of how your treatment is working and any questions or concerns you have (use the Treatment Check-Up tool to help you).
  • Have regular follow-up visits with your neurologist to discuss your MS treatment.
  • Talk to your neurologist if you have questions or concerns (to learn more, read the next section).

Fact #4: It's normal to feel a bit nervous about talking to your neurologist.

To help you get more comfortable:

  • Write out the key points you want to communicate.
  • Practice saying them before your appointment.
  • Have a friend or family member pretend to be your neurologist and practice discussing your key points.
  • Remember that as the expert on your own symptoms and experience with MS treatment, you have something valuable to bring to the discussion.

Fact #5: Knowing some key medical terms can help you talk to your neurologist.

Here is a simple explanation of some medical terms your neurologist may use when talking about your MS treatment:

  • Disability progression: Worsening of disability due to MS.
  • Relapse rate: Number of relapses in a given period of time.
  • Brain lesions: Areas of the brain damaged by MS. Helps measure MS disease activity (MS can cause damage even when you have no symptoms).
  • Brain atrophy: Brain shrinkage caused by MS – related to problems with thinking, memory, and planning associated with MS.
  • MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging – a test that provides a picture of the brain. On an MRI, your neurologist can look for brain lesions and brain atrophy.

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