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4 Outdated Myths About MS

February 3, 2016

If you follow this blog page, you will see that there are new developments in MS every day. However it is tough to keep up with all of the breaking news daily (We try our best). At any rate, doctors and patients tend to hold on to outdated myths and notions while newer more accurate information has come out as technology and research has improved. Here are some common misconceptions about MS:

  • I Can’t Do Anything Personally To Help My MS- Many patients will play the negative, “woe is me, MS can’t be stopped card.” Actually, there are actually many precautions one can take that have been known to work. Not smoking, exercising regularly and getting the proper dosage of vitamin D are factually known to lessen MS symptoms. Speak to your clinician about other things to incorporate into your routine.

  • I Have To Stop Working- Patients with MS have been known to hold jobs years and years after being diagnosed. A little research is all that is needed to keep you employed and working comfortably. The Americans With Disabilities Act protects your right to employment and requires that employer to compromise and make reasonable accommodations.
  • Women With MS Can’t/Shouldn’t Get Pregnant- 3 out of 4 MS patients happen to be women, and oftentimes they are diagnosed during childbearing years. Obviously pregnancy is a huge topic that will inevitably come up. Experts assure patients that they can in fact get pregnant and it will have no ill effect on the child. In fact, they may even find some relief from their symptoms during pregnancy.
  • MS Treatment Begins With Less Powerful Meds- This is a very common myth that even doctors still abide by. Many doctors prefer to begin treatment with less powerful medications with less side effects, as kind of a wait-and-see approach. Instead, it is better to begin with stronger medications, as the highest risk of developing irreversible problems is right after the original diagnosis.