Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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MS Treatment

Treatment for multiple sclerosis depends on stage and severity of the disease. Treatment often includes a variety of medications, such as antidepressants, medications to reduce muscle spasms, corticosteroids, and immunosuppressant medications. Additional treatment for multiple sclerosis may include physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Medications used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis include:

Long term treatment for multiple sclerosis may also include:
  • Assisted living
  • Physical therapy for multiple sclerosis
  • Occupational therapy for multiple sclerosis
  • Social support

MS Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for multiple sclerosis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • Will I need speech therapy?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

MS Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat multiple sclerosis:

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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