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Treating exacerbations

  • By Editorial Team

    Share your experience with treating relapse / exacerbations. Get the conversation started.

  • By Lisa Emrich Moderator

    Hi Connie,

    I’m sorry to read that you are experiencing problems right now, but it’s great that you’ve been referred to a new neurologist who wants to try disease-modifying therapy. However, disease-modifying therapies are not really supposed to improve symptoms or disability. The are supposed to slow down the disease, reducing the risk of disease progression as measured by number of relapses, number of lesions, or disability progression.

    Some patients might experience an improvement but that is not what patients should typically expect with the drugs. When you experience a relapse (exacerbation or acute attack), high-dose steroids may reduce the time to recovery.

    There may be treatments or strategies that would be effective in reducing particular symptoms, however. It would be good to let your neurologist know if there are things which continue to interfere with your ability to function regularly.

    If you have questions regarding specific symptoms, we can try to help guide you to more information.

    Best wishes,
    Lisa (site moderator)