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What should I ask my doctor when discussing multiple sclerosis (MS)?

When discussing multiple sclerosis (MS) with your doctor you should ask the following questions: 

  • Are there any tests I need to help determine whether or not I have MS?
  • Which pattern of MS do I seem to have?
  • Which symptoms might I experience with this pattern of MS?
  • What medications are available to slow the progress of the disease? How effective are they, and do they cause any side effects?
  • What medications are available to me to help control the symptoms of MS?
  • What kinds of side effects should I expect?
  • Are there any lifestyle changes I could make to live better with the disease?
  • How much help from other people will I need?
  • What are the resources for people with MS?
  • Can I have children? Are there risks to the baby or me?
  • How likely is it that my children will develop MS?

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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