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Ask the Experts: Multiple Sclerosis Treatments

While there is no cure for MS, treatments like steroids and physical therapy can help reduce and control symptoms. Watch Sharecare Medical Advisor Vonda Wright, MD, explain common treatment options for MS.

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[MUSIC PLAYING] Scientists have not developed a cure for multiple sclerosis,
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but several treatments exist that can help reduce the symptoms and prevent further attacks.
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For active flare ups with MS, oral or intravenous steroids are often used to help reduce inflammation of the nerves.
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Another technique, known as plasma exchange, where blood plasma is separated from the rest of your blood
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and replaced with new plasma, can also help with MS attacks. There are several different types
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of medications that can be used to treat MS long term and slow the development of new symptoms.
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These drugs typically focus on preventing the immune system from attacking healthy Myelin cells, but many of the drugs
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do have side effects. So working with your doctor to constantly evaluate treatment is essential.
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To help reduce joint muscle pain, many MS patients use physical therapy, occupational therapy,
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as well as muscle relaxing medications. Other medications may be used to help manage complications,
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like depression or bladder issues. Complementary and alternative medicine therapies, like massage and yoga, acupuncture and meditation,
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can also help reduce symptoms of muscle spasticity and help reduce stress. Focusing on your nutrition and adding exercise
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to your daily routine can keep muscles loose and limber, improve your energy levels, and reduce inflammation as well.
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Managing your symptoms and a treatment plan with your doctor is essential to living with multiple sclerosis.

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