Symptom management is an essential component (Cohen, 2008; Henze et al., 2006) of comprehensive MS care. While disease management therapies reduce disease activity and slow progression for many people, it is the ongoing management of symptoms that allows people to function in their daily lives with optimal comfort, safety, participation, and quality of life. Given the wide variety of neurological symptoms that can occur in MS, interdisciplinary care is the key to effective management.
Working with patients to manage their symptoms requires awareness not only of the functional impact each symptom might be having, but also the ways in these visible and not-so-visible symptoms affect them emotionally, socially, and vocationally. For most people with MS, the symptoms that are obvious to others at home and at work represent only a small part of they are experiencing – and coping with – on a day-to-day basis. The symptoms that others cannot readily see or understand may actually have the greater impact on people’s lives and interactions with others. Click here to see the National MS Society’s publications for your patients, and here .
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis: Management strategies and psychosocial implications
Below are links to information about each symptom, including treatment options, psychosocial implications, professional publications, tools to assist with communicating about these symptoms with your patients, and patient education resources.