Reviewed by William Blahd on December 16, 2016

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There's no cure for multiple sclerosis.

But if you or someone you love has MS, there are lots of treatment options to help manage symptoms, change the course of the disease, and improve function.

With MS, inflammation "flare-ups" in the central nervous system can be unpredictable and debilitating.

Medications can reduce the frequency and severity of the attacks -- which last anywhere from a few days to weeks or months.

Severe attacks are usually treated with high-dose corticosteroids to reduce the inflammation...

While disease-modifying medications that target the immune system can slow the speed of progression.

With MS symptoms, taking a comprehensive approach is the best strategy.

There are drugs that can ease physical side effects like fatigue, spasticity, and depression.

And rehabilitation programs can improve function, while mobility aids like walkers and wheelchairs will increase safety.

Be sure to seek treatment for any mood and cognitive changes that are common with MS.

Finding the right team of health care experts is key to getting the very best care and a treatment program that's right for you or someone you love.