My wife was diagnosed with MS in 2010. For nearly 3 years it was all ok, but currently she is going through relapse. In the last 5 weeks, her mobility deteriorated quite badly, she nearly lost her sight completely, these are all new symptoms. We met with MS neurologist and she said she would not give steroids right now as the relapse would last up to 6 weeks. We are based in Malaysia there is shortage of experienced MS doctors as MS is not common in this part of the world. My questions are:
- how important is it to give steroids quickly to stop the symptoms from worsening?
- is there anything else we could do to stop the symptoms from worsening?
Big thank you in advance
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!
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Steroids are always optional. They are mainly used to reduce the length of the symptoms and there's no guarantee they will even do that. I don't think anyone has ever shown that they reduce the duration...mwmarczak wrote:- how important is it to give steroids quickly to stop the symptoms from worsening?
RRMS dx 3/3/11; Copaxone since 12/1/11
I am actually thinking I will no longer take them at this point???
That said, if she has optic neuritis, studies show that IV steroids may have a protective effect in reducing relapse of ON in the future, so she may want to consider an IV if she has ON. How long has she had these new symptoms?
Anti-inflammatory foods may help to reduce the inflammation going on in the body and aid in recovery. Sleep and rest are also very important, and avoid stress until she feels better.
Hopefully she will recover full capabilities. Physio can also help.
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