Getting a multiple sclerosis diagnosis can be quite frightening. It’s possible that, even though it is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults, you might not have heard of it before you were told what your test results meant. That’s a lot to take on by yourself.
Fortunately, you are not alone. With the support of your friends and family and a skilled medical community—not to mention the support you can find in groups dedicated to helping those with the disease—you can manage this disease and live a fulfilling life.
If you’re just starting down your path with multiple sclerosis, here are a few tips to help you find your way.
The First Step You Should Take Is Finding the Right Information from a Source You Trust
There’s a lot of information out there. With the internet at our fingertips, we hardly have to retain any information these days. When you’re dealing with MS, however, you will want to know that the information you come across is reliable. This disease can be frightening enough on its own—you don’t need misinformation to add to your stress.
Ask a medical professional if they have any resources to help you learn about multiple sclerosis so that you can be prepared for what’s ahead.
Make Sure Your Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis Is Correct
Getting a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis is actually a lot of work. A lot of tests are involved—including MRI, spinal tap, and neurological exam—to help your doctor be certain that MS is the reason behind your symptoms. If your doctor is uncertain about your test results, don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion.
Don’t Wait to Treat It
The earlier you start treating your MS after getting a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, the better your chances of slowing the progression and lessening the frequency of attacks. If your doctor wants to start treatment right away, it’s best not to delay.
When you trigger your multiple sclerosis symptoms, relapse is possible. Relapse can last days, weeks, or even months, so it’s best to avoid activities that have the potential to trigger symptoms. Overheating, stress, infection, and lack of sleep are common multiple sclerosis triggers. Drinking alcohol is also discouraged for people who have MS as it can affect the nerves and exacerbate already existing symptoms.
Find a Doctor Who Fits You
Finding a doctor to treat your multiple sclerosis isn’t like finding primary care physician. MS lasts your entire life, so it’s important that you and your doctor get along because you may be seeing a lot of each other. It’s possible that you could go through a few different doctors before you settle on someone who is a good fit for you. If you are unsatisfied with your treating doctor, don’t be afraid to seek care from someone else.
Get the Help You Need after Your Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis
Were you recently diagnosed with MS? Are you unsure what to do next? Get in touch with us so that we can help you get the treatment you need.