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MS; Demyelinating disease
There is no known cure for multiple sclerosis at this time. However, there are therapies that may slow the disease. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms and help you maintain a normal quality of life.
Medications used to slow the progression of multiple sclerosis are taken on a long-term basis, they include:
Steroids may be used to decrease the severity of attacks.
Medications to control symptoms may include:
For more information see:
The following may also be helpful for people with MS:
Household changes to ensure safety and ease in moving around the home are often needed.
For additional information, see multiple sclerosis resources.
The outcome varies, and is hard to predict. Although the disorder is chronic and incurable, life expectancy can be normal or almost normal. Most people with MS continue to walk and function at work with minimal disability for 20 or more years.
The following typically have the best outlook:
The amount of disability and discomfort depends on:
Most people return to normal or near-normal function between attacks. Slowly, there is greater loss of function with less improvement between attacks. Over time, many require a wheelchair to get around and have a more difficult time transferring out of the wheelchair.
Those with a support system are often able to remain in their home.
Call your health care provider if:
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