6 Things to Know After an MS Diagnosis
- by Teva's Lift MS® Team
- November 19, 2018
Receiving a multiple sclerosis diagnosis can be an overwhelming experience for you or a loved one. We understand that during this time, you probably have questions about the next steps to take and are searching for answers.
We compiled six tips that could assist after an MS diagnosis. If you have any questions about MS symptoms, take a moment to write them down and then share them with your doctor.
- Learn about MS therapies. Do your research on the different MS therapies available. You might also consider using the Doctor Discussion Guide to help navigate the conversation with your doctor. Understanding the tools, resources and therapies available could help with staying motivated and committed.
- Start treatment early. Once you decide on a therapy, talk with your doctor about when you can start treatment. Managing symptoms early could help reduce progression and help you stay committed to a therapy.
- Educate yourself on MS symptoms. Take advantage of the many blogs written by MS advocates and neurologists as one way to learn about MS symptoms. This will give you information about what to expect and also prepare you to have important conversations with your doctor.
- Talk to your Care Partners and friends. When the time is right for you, let family members and friends know about your diagnosis. Explaining your MS diagnosis could be an important step in your treatment.
- Get and share support from the MS community. Connect with those in the MS community through local support groups or Teva's Lift MS® Facebook page. You can show your appreciation and Give A Lift to your Care Partners, friends and family.
- Be your own advocate. Taking time to understand how you’re feeling can assist with staying committed to a therapy. You could start by tracking MS symptoms and questions you have in a notebook and having honest conversations with your doctor.
We hope our Tips and Tricks offered you helpful information after receiving an MS diagnosis. You can continue learning about this starting period of MS by viewing our educational blogs that showcase our MS 101 series and additional Tips and Tricks. You can register to receive our blogs in your inbox.