How Do You Treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?


As you probably already know there is not currently a cure for Multiple Sclerosis so what can you do to treat it? Surely you can not live this way for the rest of your life? Well there is some good news, there are plenty of methods to treating this horrible disease many of which some people claim basically to have cured them of MS. Wether or not their chosen treatment actually did cure them of Multiple Sclerosis, it has certainly treated them in such a way that they have got their lives back and there is no reason you can not do the same!

Now as a patient our goal is to eliminate MS but from a medical perspective, since there is no known cure at the moment, the goal is to manage the disease. You and I may not agree with this mentality but this is how the system works so we shall have to play along until we figure out what works best for us personally. So what kind of options are available to us? Let's start with the basic long term treatments, I will simply list them for now and will soon create a more detailed article that souly describes these medications. For now we are just exploring your options!

The Disease Modifying Treatments (Long Term)

Avonex (interferon beta)
Once a week; intramuscular (into the muscle) injection

Betaseron (interferon beta)
Every other day; subcutaneous (under the skin) injection

Extavia (interferon beta)
Every other day; subcutaneous (under the skin) injection

Rebif (interferon beta)
Three times a week; subcutaneous (under the skin) injection

Copaxone (glatiramer acetate)
Every day; subcutaneous (under the skin) injection;

Gilenya (fingolimod)
Every day; capsule taken orally.

Novantrone (mitoxantrone)
Four times a year by IV infusion in a medical center. Lifetime cumulative dose limit of approximately 8–12 doses over 2–3 years

Tysabri (natalizumab)
Every four weeks by IV infusion in a registered infusion center

After choosing a medication that seems best fit for you, your going to try to stick with it as long as possible to see how it effects you. You might have to try a few different treatments till you find what you like! Remember, these are long term treatments designed to reduce the number of flair ups or exacerbations you have in a year so they are not meant to make your symptoms go away rather, they are meant to prevent them from ever popping up.

Short Term Treatment

When you do have a flair up of symptoms you will use a short term treatment to try to clear it up. This involves some sort of steroid to treat inflammation. They really only use two forms of treatment when it comes to this;
Alternative Treatments
Other Treatment Methods

Many patients claim that they have discovered their own means of successfully managing their disease without or alongside the use of the above treatments. Wether they don't need them because their treatment is really working or because their disease is reaching a state of remission on their own we will never know but some of the things listed below can't hurt to try alongside your above treatments either way! Just make sure you are going over any plans to make major health changes with your doctor!

Diet – There are many different diets that claim to help MS by reducing inflammation by either taking harmful things out of your diet or adding beneficial items to it or both!

Supplements – Many people believe that adding the right vitamins to your diet can greatly effect the course of your disease.

Exercise and Meditation – Some people claim that through living a healthy lifestyle alone (well usually this is paired with diet” that they have gained control over their MS.

There are other treatments and remedies such as acupuncture that people use to treat specific symptoms such as pain or spasticity but we will save that for another time! For now I leave with this list of treatments so that you can be assured that there is in fact something you can do to control your MS if not basically eliminate it!