MS Care Team ~ Putting the Pieces Together
Whether you’re newly diagnosed or managing multiple sclerosis (MS) for some time, if you’re anything like me, you value a comprehensive MS Care Team.
Sometimes, it can be very overwhelming to manage your MS treatment, symptoms and/or disease course. Especially if this responsibility is all yours. A huge undertaking!
Leading you team is your MS Neurologist. One who treats and specializes in MS only. I tend to believe they provide cutting edge, up-to-date information and advancements available for managing MS.
With MS, our needs vary immensely from person to person, requiring confident recommendations and referrals from your MS Neurologist to medical professionals who will address specific symptom(s) and management. Treatment examples include, but are not limited to: balance issues, vision issues, urological issues, speech issues, nutrition issues, emotional issues and overall strategies for staying as healthy as possible. That’s the benefit of having a comprehensive MS Care Team! 🙂
Members of your MS Care Team may include:
- MS Neurologist ~ A physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis.
- Nurse ~ One who provides education and communication for physicians and referred physicians, MSers and their familes…this isjust a little snippet of their job. Their job is truly endless. They are the backbone to any MS Neurology Office.
- Physical Therapist (PT) ~ One who provides an exercise program to improve your strength, balance, coordination and many other issues.
- Occupational Therapist (OT) ~ One who develops strategies and options to maintain your independence and productivity at home and work.
- Speech Language Pathologist (S/LP) ~ One who evaluates and treats conditions involving speech, communication, swallowing and/or cognitive issues.
- Physiatrist ~ A physician who designs a treatment plan to help you maintain as much function as possible.
- Nutritionist or Dietitian ~ One who provides education regarding diet and healthy choices while managing a chronic illness such as MS.
- Social Worker ~ One who helps you connect with resources such as insurance, DMD treatment coverage and disability applications.
- Mental Health Professional ~ One who helps you adapt to and cope with your diagnosis, treatments and MS-related symptoms.
- Urologist ~ One who specializes in urinary issues in both men and women.
What if you also have another disease? You would simply add this disease-specific physician to your Comprehensive MS Care Team. For example, heart condition? A Cardiologist would treat this condition and be added as a member of your comprehensive MS Care Team!
There is no right or wrong method here. I find it important to surround myself with good, caring medical professionals who are willing to listen to my concerns, giving me all my options to help me make good, educated decisions for myself. That’s priceless for me! 🙂
Do you have a comprehensive MS Care Team? A Support Team? What works for you while managing your MS or chronic illness?
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