Just like with any disease, the sooner you know about it, the sooner you can start doing something about it. And for people living with relapsing types of multiple sclerosis, research shows that earlier treatment with a disease modifying therapy (DMT) can give better outcomes than starting it later. If treatment with a DMT is started early after diagnosis, it can limit the damage caused early on in MS, reduce relapses, and potentially help to delay disability and its impact on your long-term physical, emotional and mental health.
This is also an important consideration for people who’ve had just one flare up of MS symptoms. In these cases, a DMT may increase the time to another relapse, limit
damage to the CNS and the slow the rate of brain atrophy. For these reasons, it’s important you start discussing treatment with a DMT with your doctor or MS nurse early on in your disease, even if you’re feeling well.
But it’s not just about treating early. Even if you’ve been living with multiple sclerosis for some time, you may benefit from treatment with a DMT. As long as you’re still experiencing relapses, treatment with a DMT may stop or delay further damage, so talk to you doctor or MS nurse about the best time for you to start treatment with a DMT.