The first step in becoming relapse-ready is learning as much as you can about relapses and available relapse treatment options. Take the time to review MS materials on this website and in other resources. This will help you provide accurate and timely information to your healthcare team. It will also make you better prepared to speak with your healthcare provider to determine the relapse treatment option that is most appropriate for you.
Keeping a log of your everyday MS symptoms can help you (and your healthcare team) more easily identify a relapse.
Recording your medication history, and how each medication affects you, provides important information for you and your healthcare team to consider when making treatment decisions.
Communication is key.
Contact your healthcare team as soon as you suspect you are having an MS relapse. If you are given treatment for an MS relapse, stay in contact with your healthcare team both during and after your treatment to discuss any changes in your health.
Make sure your friends, family, and coworkers know that you may need help during the relapse. And make new connections with other people living with MS—become a part of the MS community for support and shared resources.
Remember, you are your best advocate. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for help.