Disease modifying treatments (DMTs) are medications that aim to slow the natural course of multiple sclerosis (MS). Although DMTs do not repair existing damage or cure MS, they’ve been shown to reduce relapses, slow the progression of physical disability, and reduce brain MRI lesions. There are many options now available. It’s important to discuss the benefits and risks of treatment with your doctor and understand how DMTs may fit into your treatment plan.
MS affects everybody differently. However, DMTs could be a helpful component in your MS care. Keep in mind, DMTs don’t treat the symptoms of MS, but they may reduce the number of relapses and slow the progression of physical disability.
Even if you may not be experiencing MS symptoms regularly, your MS may still be progressing. It’s important to work with your doctor to discuss a treatment option that meets your needs sooner rather than later.
There are many things you can do to help with your MS. In addition to treatment, you may want to consider making simple lifestyle changes. Living a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and plenty of exercise could help. You could also consider physical therapy, occupational therapy, or visiting a psychologist. Because MS symptoms vary from person to person, it’s important to work with your doctor to determine what is right for you.
When it comes to treating your MS, always remember that it’s important to play an active role in your own treatment. Remember to ask your doctor about your treatment goals and what you can do to meet them.