Whilst your neurologist can help to guide and support you through the decision process, it’s much harder for them to do so without your input. You have the power to add significant value to your neurologist appointments and in particular, the discussions that are had when deciding on the right DMT for you.
Although it can be difficult to speak up, actively participating in your neurologist appointments is likely to result in a better outcome for you. Take your time if you need to. Ask questions and increase your contribution to the conversation as you grow in confidence.
By giving your neurologist little snapshots of your life, you can really help them to understand you as a person as opposed to an MS patient. In addition to discussing areas of your personal life, your neurologist may also ask what you want to achieve from your treatment.
Speaking openly about your treatment and personal goals can help your neurologist to identify DMTs which best match your lifestyle and are most likely to meet your priorities for treatment.
Through engaging in open and honest conversations around your DMT options, it’s not just your neurologist who will benefit. Involving people living with MS in their treatment decisions has been shown to increase their commitment and adherence to their chosen DMT, thereby improving treatment outcome and satisfaction.
Some people can feel overwhelmed at the prospect of having to make such an important decision.
If you feel this way, try reaching out to:
- support groups
- a family member
Remember that you are not alone when choosing your DMT. Your neurologist is always on hand to reassure you and by working together, you can ensure you will make a shared decision you are comfortable with.