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Talking to Your Doctor about Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- What type of MS do I have?
- How quickly is it likely to become worse?
- What can I expect in regards to flare-ups?
- How can I plan my life when I never know when I will have a flare-up?
- Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk for MS? Are other family members at risk?
- What are the risks and benefits associated with each treatment option?
- What other options are there?
- What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements I am already taking for other conditions?
- How long will I have to take these medications?
- What are the costs of these medications?
- What is the plan if the treatment does not succeed in controlling my symptoms?
- What will I need to change in my daily routine?
- How long can I expect to continue working and caring for myself?
- Are there dietary changes I should make? How do I go about it?
- Is there anything I can do to prevent a flare-up?
- What type of exercise is best?
- How much should I exercise?
- How do I get started with an exercise program?
- What are my risks for developing complications of MS?
- Will I be able to live a normal life?
- What is the likelihood I will be totally disabled or need help with personal care?
- Will I put my future children at risk for this disease?
- Will I have to put my MS medications “on hold” when pregnant or trying to conceive?
- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 09/2016
- Update Date: 09/17/2014