A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis can bring on a lot of emotions as well as set off a chain of events that lead to a new life. Here’s what you can expect when you’re diagnosed with MS.
The Emotional Roller Coaster
If you’ve been hunting for a reason for your symptoms, then there can be some relief in finally having an answer.
But there’s no denying that an answer that involves a condition that has no known cure and a list of potential complications can obviously be heartbreaking.
Allow yourself to grieve, but keep moving forward and looking for silver linings. There are many new long-term treatments and symptom-management therapies that work wonders for MS patients, and a diagnosis of MS can help spur a variety of new, healthy habits that help you feel your best.
Learning About Multiple Sclerosis
One thing that may help you manage your emotions is information. Learning about your condition and what to expect can both give you reassurance as well as help you prepare.
Talk to your doctor about your specific condition, but also seek out other resources, such as the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s collection of online educational videos and webinars.
Create Your Community
When you’re ready, you can start building your community first by informing your family and friends about your diagnosis. The news can be just as shocking and hard to understand for them as it is for you, so try to give them time to adjust as well.
It’s also extremely beneficial to find a support group of individuals who also are living with MS. Being able to sympathize, learn from and encourage others who are going through many of the same struggles you are can be a huge help in beating feelings of loneliness and frustration.
Finding the Right Treatment Plan
Work with your doctors to find the right treatment plan for you, but also start keeping notes about your symptoms (a daily journal works great). As you have questions, write them down and be sure to take them to your appointments. Remember, you and your healthcare providers are a team, and taking an active role in your health can help them help you feel better.
Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis at Infusion Express
If your treatment regimen includes intravenous (IV) treatment, consider Infusion Express for your infusions. We offer appointments that fit your schedule (days, evenings and weekends) in a spa-like environment custom-designed to help you actually enjoy your time while receiving treatment.
If you’re ready to experience the difference, give us a call at either of our two convenient locations in Lee’s Summit at 816-272-0174 or Overland Park at 913-948-2020. We look forward to helping you live a healthier, more satisfying life no matter what health challenges you’re facing!