Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 27, 2017
Douglas MD, neurologist; Tiffany Curwen, Richard Cordell.
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Narrator: Although symptoms and attacks of MS are varying and unpredictable, it is important to take steps to prevent exacerbations, and more importantly, work with your doctor to manage them if they’ve already occurred.
Dr. Stuart: So, generally speaking, we only consider something an exacerbation or flare of MS, if it lasts longer than 24 hours and is sustained.
Dr. Stuart: Your average patient will treat approximately one exacerbation per year,
Dr. Stuart: We’re finding that we’re having to treat patients less often because their disease modifying drugs are working so well.
Tiffany Curwen: I’ve made every effort to keep myself as strong and rested as possible so that I’m not limping, and I’m not wobbly, and I’m not tired as much.
Tiffany Curwen: We like to tell our patients that there are going to be good days and there are going to bad days with this disease. Not every bad day, means that you’re having a new attack of multiple sclerosis.
Richard Cordell: The key to the relapse and remitting is not to relapse. When you exacerbate the disease, that’s when it causes the damage.
Richard Cordell: So if you can stay away from that part of it, and many of these drugs are designed to do that, your chances of having a healthy and mobile life are excellent.
Dr. Stuart: If you’re having more than one relapse per year, it’s probably time to think about a different disease modifying therapy.