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What Can I Do During an MS Flare-up?

Getting proper rest is key to navigating flare-ups caused by multiple sclerosis. Learn why sleep is essential in the battle against MS from Mitzi Joi Williams, MD, who outlines treatment options and talks disease-modifying therapies in this video.

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[MUSIC PLAYING] All right. Here we go. Hi Dr. Mitzi. I have MS for two year.
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And this flare-ups can get really frustrating. [CHIME] What are some good techniques I can use when I'm having
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a flare-up? Thank you so much for that question, Gloribel. There are many things that you can do to help yourself when you're having an MS flare-up.
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The first thing is to make sure that you let your doctor or your health care providers know that you're having problems.
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There are treatments that can be given if flare-ups have happened recently. And there are also things that they may need to assess, such as if you need
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to change your MS treatment. Other things that you can do are to make sure that you're getting enough rest so that your body has
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time to recover. Sometimes when people aren't feeling well, they try to keep pushing through. They try to keep getting things done.
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And with MS, if you overdo it, you may pay for it on the back end. So if you're having a flare-up, make sure that you're getting rest.
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And also make sure that you're asking for help if you need it because other people are often willing to help you with some of those daily activities
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and tasks that may be preventing you from getting the rest that you need so that you can fully recover. [MUSIC PLAYING]
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Preventing flare-ups is one of the goals of the disease-modifying therapies for multiple sclerosis, so the medicines that are given to try to decrease
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the immune system's attack on the brain and the spinal cord. Taking those medications on a regular basis and being consistent with the plan that you and your health
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care team come up with is extremely important to preventing relapses. The medications that we currently have
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are not a cure, so they do not prevent all relapses. But at least, if you're having trouble, your health care team knows that it's
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because your medicine is not working and not necessarily because you're not taking it. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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