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If you’re newly diagnosed, an MS diagnosis may have shed some welcome (if unpleasant) light on the cause of your symptoms. However, the next step — determining a course of therapy — may still leave you in the dark, feeling around blindly for treatment solutions.
In some ways, it’s never been a better time to discuss the options available to people with MS. More medications exist today than ever before for treating relapsing-remitting MS. A few even show promise for treating more progressive forms.
And yet, treatment plans depend a great deal on the preferred strategies of a treating physician. Some support your treatment of choice while others follow protocols, giving you a short list of pharmaceutical choices.
As a patient, you have a right to know all of your options. This means you may need to press your MS specialist for more information, especially if you want to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
What is CAM?
This broad term casts an umbrella over a large group of treatment options that aren’t solely pharmacological or reliant upon disease-modifying therapies (DMTs). CAM describes care provided in addition to, or instead of, traditional medical approaches.
Following are some common CAM approaches for treatment and symptom relief in MS care:
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