Exploring MS treatment options

Exploring MS treatment options

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system, particularly the brain and spinal cord. "Living with MS can be challenging, but with advancements in medical science, there are various treatment options available to manage the disease effectively," says Diana N. Andino, MD, Neurology at ARC Four Points in Austin. "Some of these advancements lie in the areas of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), treatments for managing relapses, and strategies for alleviating symptoms."

Disease-modifying therapies (DMTs): One focus in managing MS is the use of DMTs, medications that work to modify or slow down the course of the disease, preventing further damage to the central nervous system. Consultation with a neurologist is crucial to determine the most suitable DMT for an individual's specific condition. It is essential for patients to engage in an open and honest dialogue with their doctor to discuss the potential benefits and side effects of each DMT.

Treatments for symptoms: The symptoms of MS can vary widely among individuals, ranging from fatigue and pain to cognitive impairment. Various medications are available to manage specific symptoms effectively. Pain management strategies may include analgesics or anti-inflammatory medications, while other medications may be prescribed to combat fatigue. Collaborating with a neurologist is essential to tailor a treatment plan that addresses the unique symptoms experienced by each MS patient.

Supportive lifestyle changes: In addition to medical interventions, adopting healthy habits and making lifestyle changes can play a significant role in managing MS. Regular exercise, a well-balanced diet and nutrition, and stress management techniques contribute to overall well-being. These lifestyle adjustments can complement medical treatments and improve the quality of life for individuals with MS.

Treatments for managing relapses: MS is characterized by periods of exacerbation known as relapses or flare-ups. Managing these relapses promptly is vital to preventing further disability. Intravenous corticosteroid treatments are commonly employed to shorten the duration and severity of relapses. Additionally, infusion therapy may be recommended, involving the administration of medications through an intravenous line under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Regular communication with a neurologist is key to ensuring a proactive approach in addressing relapses.

"Navigating the landscape of MS treatment options requires a collaborative effort between the patient and their neurologist," says Dr. Andino. "By exploring the diverse range of treatments available, individuals with MS can work towards achieving a better quality of life despite the challenges posed by the disease."

About Dr. Andino

Dr. Andino was recently recognized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a Partner in MS Care for her dedication to providing optimal care and support to people living with MS. She is currently accepting new patients, ages 18 and older, at ARC Four Points in Austin. Learn more about ARC Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Treatment with Dr. Andino.

Make an appointment today with or without a referral

Make an appointment online with Dr. Andino using ARC MyChart or by calling ARC Four Points in Austin at 737-247-7200. Your ARC primary care physician can also give you a referral to Dr. Andino.

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Dr. Andino is leading the ARC team for the Austin Walk MS 2024 on Saturday, April 13. Join or donate today!

Tags: Multiple Sclerosis, MS