MS does not have a cure. It is vital that you learn hope to cope with the disease and ease the problems it may cause. The ways listed here may help:

Movement Problems

Rehabilitation

Physical therapy can help with muscle strength and tone, skills, and walking. Therapists use exercises and other methods to help keep you mobile.

Occupational therapists may have you use braces or assistive devices, such as walkers. You will also learn how to do tasks needed for daily living.

Speech and swallowing therapy may help if these tasks are hard for you. It makes the muscles in your mouth stronger. It can also help lower your risk of inhaling food or drink by accident.

Mental Health Issues

Therapy

Counseling can help you learn coping methods. These can help you deal with physical problems and mental stress. Many people have depression or other mental health problems. The disease may add to conflicts with family and friends.

A therapist can work with you to learn new coping skills or ways to cope with stress. Counselors can also help you deal with losses from the disease, such as not being able to work, changes to your life, or relying on others for housekeeping or care.

Experimental Treatments

Stem Cell Transplants

Researchers are looking at whether stem cell transplants can be used. There are many kinds. One that has been used for MS rebuilds the immune system with the person's own stem cells or ones from a donor. First, chemotherapy and radiation may be used to harm the system. Next, stem cells are put into the person's vein. They go through the blood to the bone cavities where they make healthy cells and platelets. If it goes well, the person's system builds itself back up without harming the nerve fiber's myelin sheath, which causes the symptoms of MS.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor if symptoms get worse or you get new ones.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
  • Review Date: 09/2018 -