Personal stories about treatment for multiple sclerosis
These stories are based on information gathered from health
professionals and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health
Victor, age 29: The MS episodes I've had were
fairly mild, but I'm worried that next time the symptoms will be more severe. I
don't think I'm being pessimistic by deciding to take interferon. I think I'm
giving myself the best chance to live a long and healthy life.
Many foods have been touted as helpful for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Do they work?
"There are strong reasons to think that diet could affect MS symptoms and even help treat it," says neurologist Ellen Mowry, MD, of Johns Hopkins University.
But although a healthy diet is always a good idea, there is no proof that any diet or food, on its own, treats MS.
If you want to try changing your diet to see if it helps your MS, do your homework. Make sure you've got good information from a reliable...
Carmen, age 37: I have never been much of a
risk-taker, and my health is definitely not something I want to risk. My doctor
recommends that I take the medication. Even if it turns out that I might not
have needed treatment for MS, I would rather err on the side of caution by
starting therapy now. I know I would really regret not doing the treatment if I
had a relapse a year from now, or even a few years from now.
Jamal, age 34: I generally try to avoid
medication when I can. My doctor really thinks it would be a good idea for me
to take the medicine, but I don't want to deal with the side effects, and I'm
not sure I like the idea of giving myself shots on a regular basis. I don't
want to take interferon "just in case" I have problems with MS later. Besides,
I can always reconsider if and when I have another episode.
Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Colin Chalk, MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology
February 28, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 28, 2008
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