A multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis may not something you ever expected to receive. Although an MS diagnosis can be frightening and overwhelming, it is very important that you remain calm and strong in order to deal with your diagnosis. If you are newly diagnosed with MS, these tips can help you better understand the disease and control it:
- Do your own research: Learn as much as possible about MS. Search the web for useful information and tips. Be sure to read valid information and sources, since there are many myths and misconceptions connected with MS. Two of the most reliable sources are the MS Society and the American Academy of Neurology.
- Make sure that your diagnosis is definitive: Making an MS diagnosis is not very easy. A definitive diagnosis is very important, but it can also take a long time. It requires many different exams and tests such as MRI’s, EP, spinal fluid analysis, as well as neurological exams. In order to make a valid diagnosis, doctors need to find evidence of damage that has occurred at least a month apart in two separate areas of the central nervous system. Finally, they need to make sure that the signs and symptoms are not the result of another disease you may suffer from.
- Understand that MS symptoms are unexpected: Studies have shown that MS symptoms and their severity differ from person to person, and their symptoms can be unexpected. Although there are things that trigger your symptoms, most of the time patients have little to no control over their occurrences.
- Keep a diary: Tracking your MS symptoms is very important since it can help you to not only understand your triggers and avoid them, but it can also help track the development of your disease.
- Find the right doctor for you and do not delay treatment: Finding the right doctor is really important. Visit different doctors and listen to their opinions and suggestions. Choose the doctor you think suits you best. You can also read available referrals about doctors, which may help you choose wisely. Finally, discuss with your doctor your treatment options and start the best treatment for you immediately.