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Knowledge is Power: Working with Your Doctor

Working with Your Doctor

Because MS is a chronic disease that requires continuing treatment and monitoring, you and the doctor are likely to have an ongoing relationship. You will work together in an effort to manage symptoms, slow disease progression, prevent complications, and maximize your quality of life.

Your physician will likely be your link to other healthcare professionals that may be involved in your care. Therefore, it is important to develop a satisfying and effective working relationship with your MS doctor. In this section learn more about the resources available to help you build or improve this relationship and make visits to the doctor as comfortable and productive as possible.

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Choosing an MS Healthcare Provider
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Choosing an MS Healthcare Provider and Preparing for Your Appointment

This video features an interview with Rock Heyman, MD, who discusses tips for choosing a healthcare provider for people with multiple sclerosis and how to prepare for an appointment.

Questions for your healthcare team

You probably have many questions for your healthcare provider.  Is this is a symptom or MS? What does this test result mean? What treatment option is best for me? How do I manage my symptoms? Can I continue to working? What can I expect down the road?

Make the most of your time with your healthcare provider by coming to appointments with a list of symptoms or changes you want to report  and the questions you want to asks. The Questions For My Healthcare Team Worksheet (.pdf) can help you feel more prepared for your next appointment. In addition, these tips for working with your doctor (.pdf) may be helpful.

Managing MS: A Team Approach
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Managing MS: A Team Approach

This video features Jodie Haselkorn, MD, who discusses using a team approach to managing multiple sclerosis.

Medical Self-Advocacy: Getting More From Your Healthcare Team
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Medical Self-Advocacy: Getting More From Your Healthcare Team

This video features a discussion with Marion Brandis, MA, RN, BSN, who talks about how people with multiple sclerosis can get the more from their healthcare teams.

Shift in Doctor - Patient Relationship
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Shift in Doctor : Patient Relationship

Explore the factors people must consider when making treatment and lifestyle decisions, including when to begin treatment, the role information overload can play in decision making, and how to weigh the benefits and risks of a treatment or lifestyle decision.

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