Disease Modifying Treatments (DMTs) and relapsing MS

How disease modifying treatments may help

Understanding disease modifying treatments and the important role they may play in your relapsing MS

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.

DMTs have been shown to slow the progression of physical disability

Going without treatment may be risky. One study found that about 85% of people who did not treat their MS were more likely to have some kind of disability after 20 years. DMTs affect everyone differently, and your disability may progress even if you take treatment. 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, research suggests that 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. 

Learn more about the types of treatments that are available. Be sure to work with your doctor to find a treatment that’s right for you.

Treatment is just one piece of the puzzle

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. In addition, going to physical therapy, occupational therapy, or a psychologist may also be helpful. 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.