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Are there any good treatments for primary progressive ms?

Are there any good treatments for primary progressive ms?

Yes: There are many therapies. You simply need to meet with your neurologist to figure out the best regimen to control the symptoms and have an excellent quality of life. ...Read more

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Are there good treatments for spasticity in ms?

Are there good treatments for spasticity in ms?

Yes: Both drug and non-drug approaches can be very helpful. Physical therapy can direct you in helpful stretching exercises. Medications such as tizanidine, baclofen, clonazepam, diazepam have all been used to address the mechanisms of spasticity. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any good homiopathic treatments for ms?

NO such item: Forget your quest for over the counter remedies, they do not exist. If you really have ms, you should be using a potent medication such as tysabri (natalizumab) infusion or an oral agent such as Gilenya or tecfidera. Vitamin d supplements will help and a low fat, low salt diet is advised. Don't trivialize this disease, see a neurologist and get treated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any good homeopathic treatments for ms?

Can you tell me of any good homeopathic treatments for ms?

NO SUCH THING: Forget most of the alternative approaches, as they provide very little value, if at all. Some valuable approaches include low fat, low salt diet, aerobic exercise, and Vitamin D-3. But pts will do best on potent agents such as Gilenya or Tysabri (natalizumab). ...Read more

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About ms. I've heard that that patients using pill treatment didn't have good results and got worse in compare with injection treatment. Your opinion.

WHAT??: Where did you hear this?? Two of the oral meds, Gilenya (fingolimod) and Tecfidera, are both far more potent than any of the interferons, and you would do far better over a period of time by taking the most potent medication fitting your needs. Suggest you discuss these issues with your neurologist, and assess whether your current medication is best for you. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with MS 5 years ago and on my 5th treatment. I normally feel pretty good, just never 100%. Can aspertame or my diet making it worse?

Diagnosed with MS 5 years ago and on my 5th treatment. I normally feel pretty good, just never 100%. Can aspertame or my diet making it worse?

Consider this: Aspertame is considered benign and safe by many, but does metabolize to carbon monoxide and other toxins, so, might be best to avoid. Some pts are sensitive to gluten and best to stay away from that also. A low fat, low salt diet seems useful, and vitamin D-3 supplements can assist. Propose you discuss all of this with your neurologist. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for someone who has optic neuritis in 1 eye due to ms? Is MS treatment meds enough or is it best to also add another for this

What is a good treatment for someone who has optic neuritis in 1 eye due to ms? Is MS treatment meds enough or is it best to also add another for this

2 separate category: Optic neuritis would be classified as a relapse, and is best treated with EITHER intravenous Methylprednisolone or ACTHAR. The standard disease modifying agents are designed to prevent this, and should be continued even if a relapse occurs, but the more potent the med, the less relapses you will have. Tysabri (natalizumab) is the second most potent med on the market, currently. ...Read more

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Is Stem Cell therapy a good idea for MS patients?

Is Stem Cell therapy a good idea for MS patients?

May/may not be: Stem cell therapy for MS is not a proven treatment. So it may be under testing as an experimental treatment. I would avoid taking it as it is often a misused therapy except for treatment of blood Cancers. ...Read more

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Does progressive MS respond the same to available disease modifying treatments?

Does progressive MS respond the same to available disease modifying treatments?

In some cases: The most robust benefit of currently available treatment appears to be in the earlier phases of relapsing forms of ms. As times goes on, and with the development of progressive disability, there is a less obvious physical or cognitive benefit from such agents. While inflammation never ceases, loss of pathways in the central nervous system drives progressive loss of function. ...Read more

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What's new in treatment for relapsing remitting ms

What's new in treatment for relapsing remitting ms

Stay tuned: Stay tuned! this field is changing rapidly. Whereas injectable medications are the first tier of therapy, we are entering an era of oral medications and infrequent infusion therapies. Choosing the right therapy from this more and more crowded field of contenders will only get more complex. An MS specialist can help guide the discussion so that individuals can make the best informed choice. ...Read more

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My sister diagnosed ms. Asking for treatment please?

Numerous: The treatments are numerous! they all have side effects to consider, but at the end of the day, the goal is to slow down the disease process. Some are daily injections, every other day injections, once per week injections, etc. About three years ago, the fda approved the first "pill", now there are three, probably more to come. A neurologist should have all informational material in office. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any cutting edge, new treatments for ms?

See this page 4 info: It is hard to keep track of them all, or answer this in the room provided. There are a few new treatments this year, and a few that are coming out soon. The info at the bottom of this link may give you the idea of the names of some of the newer treatments: http://www.neurocuro.com/medicines-used-to-treat-ms/ ...Read more

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Can people with MS have to take injections as a part of treatment?

Not necessarily: We have three oral agents, each as potent, or more potent, than the injectables, but each has it's own risk and adverse effect profiles. The two most potent meds on the market are tysabri, (natalizumab) followed by gilenya. Tysabri (natalizumab) is a once monthly infusion, and gilenya, oral once daily. ...Read more

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Interested to know if people with MS have to take injections as a part of treatment?

Not necessarily: Although historically self injections were employed, now we have three oral agents and one monthly infusion. Various pts require different approaches, but the injectables are rapidly being phased out due to convenience, and efficacy of newer oral agents. ...Read more

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How can a MS sufferer living in a country where MS drugs are not available get treatment?

How can a MS sufferer living in a country where MS drugs are not available get treatment?

Depends on the place: One limitation is customs. If you mean can they get MS drugs sent to them- that would depend on the country's regulations. Some people leave their country for reasons like this. Some people have MS treatment once a day every month, people in this situation could travel perhaps Another limitation of treatment is cost, and whether the cost would be borne by the host country or not. ...Read more

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Is tysabri (natalizumab) a treatment for ms?

Is tysabri (natalizumab) a treatment for ms?

Yes: This is a monoclonal antibody, infused once monthly, and is the currently most potent medication on the market for MS. In several cases, a deadly infection called PML has occurred with pts taking this medication, but blood tests can predict risk, and if positive can prompt the discontinuation of Tysabri (natalizumab).. Drug can be used early or late, but is approved for first line. ...Read more

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Dolphin oil for MS treatment.......? Any updates ?

Worthless: Every few mos., a new miraculous cure is promised by entrepreneurial "quick buck promoters". Have included an antihistamine/caffeine mix, bee stings, a variety of surgeries, specially formulated vitamins and designer diets, amongst many. Unfortunately, only vitamin d and low fat low salt diets have any potential, and dolphin oil is of no value. Best you take a potent med (gilenya, tysabri). ...Read more

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Can women with MS have babies while on treatment or do they have to stop ?

Suggestions: Most MS drugs do have potential for fetal malformations, and are thus "teratogenic" risks. Copaxone seems safest, and Aubagio and Gilenya (fingolimod) may be riskiest. But I would tend to stop any of the MS drugs prior to pregnancy and would NOT restart until after birth, unless breast feeding desired, which would delay restarting med. ...Read more

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Can people over 70 get ms? I seem to have many symptoms but wonder if testing is futile if there is no treatment for my age.

Interesting question: You see, the incidence of MS is increasing in Colorado and other states, and am starting to see patients presenting with MS in their 50's and 60's. However, at your age, more likely you have vascular, or peripheral nerve issues causing your problems. Although research in MS excludes patients who are senior citizens, if you were to have established MS, could still be treated. Neurology helpful. ...Read more

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