Patients who have recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis often feel overwhelmed and concerned about their future health. Many people experience a number of emotions like anxiety, sadness, anger, remorse, etc.
If you have been diagnosed with MS there are a number of petentially useful treatments which are available to help manage symptoms, reduce relapses and slow the development of disability.
These six steps will help you learn how to live better with MS :
Step 1: Learn about your condition: The more you understand MS, the better informed you will be to make important treatment decisions and to manage flare-ups as they occur. So make time for yourself to absorb information about your condition.
Step 2: Discuss with your Doctor: Talking to your neurologist, a counselor, psychologist or an MS nurse can help you deal with some of these feelings and issues. These people will assist you in adopting suitable strategies to deal with your condition.
Step 3: Communicate with those close to you: Discussing it with friends and family whose daily lives are touched by yours may help you getting their support which is very important at this time. You might also benefit from talking with other people who have MS, either one-on-one or as part of a group.
Step 4: Live a healthy lifestyle: Healthy change to your lifestyle will give you more strength, energy and confidence in managing your MS. Avoid or eliminate junk food and add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Exercise may improve your problems with fatigue as well as increase your overall energy level.
Step 5: Research and coordinate your finances: Start planning for your financial future. Understand what exactly your insurance policy covers in terms of MS therapy and physician treatment. Make sure you understand your insurance company’s policies and pre-authorization and about medical reimbursement.
Step 6: Remember there is more to life than dealing with MS: Many people with MS can continue to live a full and active life. Committing to MS therapy is the first step towards that goal.
Multiple Sclerosis is a complex disease and the more aware you make yourself about it, the more equipped it would make you and your near ones to manage your MS situation.
Treatment Goals for MS
Starting treatment early and staying on treatment can make a real difference in managing your MS symptoms and slowing the progression of your disease. In fact, many such treatments have been shown to reduce the risk of having a relapse and slow the progression of disability.
MS therapy has several goals :
Reducing the number of relapses
Slowing down disability progression
Reducing the number of brain lesions
Reducing the rate of brain shrinkage
Improving quality of life by helping make everyday activities more manageable
Maintain Right Expectations for Your Multiple Sclerosis Treatment
It’s important to remember that MS therapies do not cure MS, and you may still experience symptoms while on treatment. However, with multiple sclerosis, slowing disease progression may be considered successful treatment.
Even though symptoms may still be present while you are on therapy, staying on treatment as prescribed is the key to slowing the progression of your MS.
The way your body responds to your treatment program may change over time. That’s why it’s important to assess your symptoms regularly to be sure that your current treatment process is meeting your goals. If you are not achieving your goals, it may be time to speak to your healthcare professional about switching MS treatments.
Achieving Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Goals
As you aim to reach your treatment goals, there are three things you should consider:
Treating MS early, at the first sign of MS symptoms can help minimize nerve damage and slow MS progression. Studies have shown that treatment works best when it is used early.
Staying on treatment is important for achieving your goals. Even if you can’t see a difference and feel you don’t need treatment, your MS therapy may be working to slow the progression of your MS.
Evaluating your treatment helps you consider the effectiveness of your current MS therapy and whether it may be time for a change.
Everyone with MS is unique, and there is no test that can predict how well a treatment will work for you. However, you overall sense of well being & the results of MRIs and other tests may give an idea about how well a treatment is working.

Author's Bio: 

Dharmender Kumar is an avid writer, reader and an 'aesthete'. A digital media marketing enthusiast with prolong experience and understanding of marketing brands online related to health i.e. Multiple Sclerosis.