Multiple Sclerosis Over Time

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If you've been living with MS for a while

If you’ve been living with MS for a longer period of time, it’s possible that you’ve gotten over the initial anger and fear. But it’s still easy to become frustrated, especially if your therapy is not working as well as you would like. Think about MS as a marathon, instead of a sprint. You will need to stay strong and develop long-term goals. Setting goals, in life and with your MS treatment regimen, is important. Finding ways to stay active and participating in activities that keep you feeling positive are also important. Sometimes it’s small activities like daily walks, biking, or swimming that can make the biggest difference.

And never forget that you’re part of a bigger MS community, with as many resources out there for you now as when you were first diagnosed. For example, many MS organisations offer opportunities to volunteer, letting you put your wisdom and experiences to good use. Mentoring someone who has just been diagnosed with MS has given many people a real sense of pride, purpose, and accomplishment. Becoming active in your community, and with local MS groups, is another good way to stay involved, informed, and motivated.

If your MS is progressing more quickly

If your MS is advancing quickly, and you’re having difficulty managing flare-ups, talking with your doctor and health care team is vital.  Many people with MS will live a normal life span– the majority of people with MS do not ever become severely disabled.1 That’s why establishing trust with your physician and keeping lines of communication open about treatment options and everything else are very important.

Coping with advanced MS can be challenging. To learn more, be sure to visit one of the leading organisations, where you will find information on a wide range of topics, including treatments, options for care, support groups, and materials that can help you establish goals and gather the information that you need.

Thinking of switching therapies?

Over time, some people may consider changing their MS medications. It is crucial that, before you make any kind of a change, you speak with your neurologist. Talk with them about your concerns. Ask them about all of the choices available to you, and weigh the benefits and drawbacks of making a change.

Every person experiences MS differently, and only you can know if making a change is the right decision. So gather the information, see what other people are doing and why, and have a conversation with your doctor.

1. FAQs about MS. National Multiple Sclerosis Society Web site. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/FAQs-about-MS/index.aspx#paralysis. Accessed 1 December 2008.