Finding a different treatment option for relapsing multiple sclerosis can be difficult. The types of medications for treating relapsing MS are limited to corticosteroids and disease-modifying drugs, and treating acute flare-ups is only effective when medications are administered right at the onset of symptoms. In the meantime, relapsing MS has frustrating symptoms that can be downright debilitating, with some of the worst being incontinence, memory problems, extreme muscle weakness and impaired vision. If you're suffering from MS, it's important to not let MS take the joy out of life. Read on to learn about finding a different way to treat
Medication is the first line of defense in the treatment of relapsing MS. Corticosteroids injected at the outset of an MS flareup can reduce symptoms by limiting inflammation in the nervous system. Some of the most commonly used corticosteroids include Solu-Medrol and Decadron. These medications aren't always effective, and they may cause side effects. Long-term medication treatments come in the form of disease-modifying medications such as interferon and teriflunomide, and these work to slow the progression of MS and prevent relapses from occurring. Your doctor may be able to recommend different medications that are either more effective or result in fewer side effects. There are also ongoing clinical trials that might provide some patients with relief.
Other possible treatment options include healthy lifestyle changes. Physical therapy and regular exercise can help to prepare people to deal with muscle weakness that can be a result of MS flares, and eating a healthy diet can give people the nutrients needed to prevent flares from happening. Also, modifying habits at work and at home can help MS sufferers maintain more consistent energy levels. Stimulant medications and sleep aids can also help to regulate sleep and prevent excessive fatigue. People who want more from their MS treatments do have options worth exploring.
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