Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 19, 2018
Douglas Stuart, MD, neurologist; Tiffany Curwen; Richard Cordell.
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Narrator: Multiple sclerosis can come with an array of challenges through the years, but there are things you can do to help you on your journey.
Richard Cordell: You can make it good, you can make it bad. I think you have to keep the proper mental perspective on everything. So as this road turns as you go down it.
You can’t be afraid of it. I think about it as a challenge.
Dr. Douglas Stuart: Well when I am speaking with patients who are newly diagnosed with MS, one of the things I want them to leave with is a feeling that this is not the end of the world, that this is a common diagnosis,
Dr. Douglas Stuart: one of the most common diagnoses we see and that most of the patients we're treating are leading very happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.
Dr. Stuart: That may be with medication, it may be without medication but, your physician and your treatment team is going to try to help find the recipe for you, that’s going to keep you balanced, healthy, working and happy and that’s all achievable.
Tiffany Curwen: I feel like I’ve been able to maintain a real quality of life, and sustainability, and dance and jump around, and enjoy life because I’ve been able to --
Tiffany Curwen: I guess, mentally and physically master what MS’s effects are and understand what I have to do to keep myself healthy.
Dr. Stuart: So there are things that a patient with multiple sclerosis can do to help improve their odds. The most important of these is to be on the disease modifying medication.
Dr. Stuart: So we know that untreated multiple sclerosis has a generally bad prognosis for causing long-term disability, disabilities with walking, with cognition, and the like. So I recommend that everybody with MS consider treatment with one of the disease modifying therapies.
Dr. Stuart: These can be pills, these can be infusions, or they can be injections that you administer yourself.
Tiffany Curwen: I talk to my doctor about everything that is happening with me. When we’re examining MRIs together, looking things over, he’s asking me questions, I’m asking him questions because I feel like we’re in this together.