What Motivates You To Stay Committed to Your RMS Therapy?
- by Laurie J.
- April 01, 2019
Laurie J. is a paid employee of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
Staying on your prescribed treatment for relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS) can be challenging, but is important. Symptoms of RMS can often be invisible—that is why treatment success could be determined by simply having things stay the same. Measuring progress can be difficult and there are various therapy goals to consider. That’s why it is important to talk with your healthcare provider before starting, changing, or stopping a prescribed medication.
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s S.E.A.R.C.H.™ guide is an education and advocacy tool based on research and recommendations from experienced neurologists. It advises people with RMS to start taking a disease-modifying therapy as prescribed as early as possible following diagnosis. After being prescribed a medicine that works for you, it's important to stay committed to therapy. Talk to your healthcare provider if you think it may not be helping or you experience side effects. As a nurse, I have found that everyone’s experience with RMS is unique, and so is what motivates them. For some, motivators are emotional, personal, and meaningful. For others, motivators are medical or scientific in nature. Everyone has their own reasons for staying committed to their RMS treatment. I put together a list of a few motivators I have heard over the years.
- Friends and family.
- Educating others.
- Pure determination and personal willpower.
- Experiencing reduced relapses.
Was your motivator on my list? If not, leave us a comment sharing what motivates you to stay committed to your RMS therapy. For more motivation, register for updates from Lift MS®.
Teva’s Shared Solutions® Nurse
About The Author
Laurie J., RN, MSCN is an MS-Certified Nurse working at Teva’s Shared Solutions® with 40 years of nursing experience, 10 of those years focused solely on MS.
COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.
Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.