Through early intervention with disease modifying therapies (DMTs), you can help to preserve your brain and potentially prevent progression of your disease, thereby protecting your future. But how do you know which one will work best for you?
There are lots of things to consider when it comes to finding the right treatment for you, because they’re all different. Your options may depend on the type of MS you have, as well as what you want from your life with multiple sclerosis.
You may want to ask your doctor or MS nurse how your options differ in terms of:
- How and when you would need to take the treatment
- The pros and cons of the treatment
- How the treatment needs to be stored and prepared
- How long you would need to take the treatment for
- If you need to have any tests or be monitored whilst taking the treatment
Or, if you are already taking a treatment:
- How well your treatment is slowing or preventing the damage MS is causing to your brain
Think about how each of the points above could affect your day-to-day life living with MS, and be sure to open up to your neurologist about any worries or concerns you may have. Discussing these topics should help you to get a better idea of what you do and don’t want from your treatment.
Having a clear understanding of your personal life priorities and needs is another essential consideration when it comes to finding the right treatment for you, and setting yourself goals is a great place to start. Make sure you talk to your neurologist about your priorities and goals when discussing treatment options, to make sure your MS is managed in the best way possible for you.
Remember – every person living with MS is different. Finding the right treatment for you requires a strong relationship between you and your neurologist as well as an understanding of your own goals in MS management. Read our advice to help you feel prepared going into your appointment with your neurologist.