Happy FRIYAY! I haven't done a feature on MS in a bit and wanted to get back into it. Once diagnosed with MS, there are many facets of gaining comprehensive care (source via National MS Society).
There are several medications approved by the FDA that are able to provide treatment for relapsing forms of MS. They can help reduce and minimize the frequency of the relapses caused by those who have MS, reduce the accumulation of lesions that may pop up on the brain & spinal cord, and may also slow the onset of disability caused by MS.
Rehabilitation is another form of comprehensive care and includes Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Cognitive Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Speech-Language Pathology.
Gosh, as I'm typing this out I'm realizing more and more that having MS IS REALLY EXPENSIVE. Not only is it expensive, but you need to have really great insurance and a lot of resources close to you.
When my grandfather had to retire early due to MS, it certainly was not easy on anyone and living in a rural area in Maine- finding great physicians is really difficult (especially ones familiar with MS). There were MANY trips to doctors offices over an hour away and this was after years of trips to doctors offices to be ruled out for other various diseases and diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
It is very challenging when most (the general population) are unaware or unfamiliar with what Multiple Sclerosis actually is, especially when you live in a less populated area.
Every time I put together these posts, I become more and more passionate about MS Run The US and my 175 mile journey in May 2018. I cannot wait!
What are you doing this weekend?