6 Empowering Ways to Manage Your MS

By Beth W. Orenstein
Reviewed by Jonathan Howard, M.D.
October 24, 2022

Having multiple sclerosis (MS) can make some people feel a bit helpless. For people with progressive forms of MS, there’s the unknown of how the disease will progress or whether it will cause disability. And for people with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), it's difficult to know when the next flare or relapse is coming—and the unpredictability of these flare-ups is one of the most difficult aspects of living with RRMS, says David Irani, M.D., a board-certified neurologist and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at University of Michigan Health in Ann Arbor.

But you don’t have to feel powerless in managing your MS, no matter which type you’re living with. These proactive steps can help you take charge of your health and well‑being.

1. Seek and Stick to Treatment

It’s important to visit your neurologist regularly. With their help, you’re more likely to notice any changes in your condition and to address them earlier rather than later, when the damage could have a greater impact on your life.