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Early Treatment Options for MS

By Daryl H. Bryant (564 words)
Posted in Living with MS on February 18, 2020

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Early Treatment Options for MS

Receiving a medical diagnosis is the first step in managing a new way of living. When someone is diagnosed with MS, finally putting a name to the brain fog, fatigue, and nerve pain they’ve experienced can be a relief. 

Unfortunately, relief can often turn to frustration when you’re faced with treatment options. It seems everyone has an opinion, and it can be challenging to navigate the best options for your early-stage symptoms. 

I understand what it’s like to face the daunting task of researching your diagnosis. Since my own MS diagnosis, I’ve discovered that treatment options generally fall into four categories. By understanding what these four categories are and how they work - both independently and with one another - you can make a more informed decision when discussing treatment options with your medical professional. 


Regardless of what treatment path you choose, your medical professional will likely recommend some lifestyle changes. Many people with MS find that making simple adjustments to their diet can help reduce inflammation. While no one diet can cure MS, most practitioners agree that the following can help: 

  • Limit caffeine and alcohol

  • Avoid processed foods

  • Don’t skip meals

  • Eat foods high in Omega-3 and Omega-6

If you’re looking for an easy way to transition your diet, download my free e-book MS Friendly Recipes, or check out our recipes page for inspiration. 


New research suggests people with MS may benefit from supplementation. I’ve personally found many benefits from MitoQ, which is a popular supplement for those diagnosed with MS. MitoQ may help reduce symptoms such as brain fog, fatigue, and muscle fatigue. 

Regardless of which supplement you choose, medical professionals agree that it’s important to keep your Vitamin D levels optimal and to boost Omega 3 & Omega 6 intake. 

Physical Therapy

Everyone (not just those diagnosed with MS) can benefit from a daily form of exercise. Popular options are yoga, pilates, swimming, and daily walks. For those who are struggling with physical limitations caused by MS, physical therapy may help. A physical therapist can customize exercises to your current level of ability and may be able to help you regain muscle strength and dexterity. Therapy can also help you understand how to adapt your routine to accommodate your daily lifestyle needs and give you a plan to manage the physical challenges brought on by MS. 


While many people can learn to manage MS through diet and lifestyle changes, it can be helpful to have other options. Prescription medication can help manage symptoms after an initial diagnosis, and can also help navigate a flare. 

Most doctors prescribe either oral medications or injectables, depending on your symptoms and health history. A doctor may also prescribe steroids to help manage a flare. 

Find What Works For You

Like any chronic condition, living with MS means learning and adapting to your new diagnosis. Talk through your symptoms, challenges, and expectations with your care team before starting a new regimen. Be patient and give your body time to adjust to medications, supplements, and/or diet changes. Most of all, remember that different strategies work for different people; if something doesn’t work for you right away, don’t lose hope! Keep trying until you find the right combination for your needs. 

With a good strategy, a supportive care team, and a positive outlook, you can - and will - live your best life! 

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