to Stay on Track
When you track, record, and communicate your symptoms, it not only helps you understand how your condition is changing, but it also keeps your healthcare providers tuned in so that you’re on the right treatments at the right times. Read on for more on the benefits of tracking symptoms.
Top tips for tracking
Sometimes it can feel like relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS) is in control, especially if you’re overwhelmed and fatigued. But tracking and managing your symptoms with the following strategies can help you take back the reins and get on a positive track without wearing yourself out.
It can be difficult recalling symptoms by memory alone. The details can get fuzzy, and you could lose an opportunity to give your doctors the most accurate information you can.
Things like daily journals or our Symptom Tracker can make it quick and easy to record details and get the most out of the next appointment with your doctor.
Adhere to a regimen
Whether your treatment is daily, weekly, or has several months in between doses, it is critical that you follow your dosing regimen exactly as prescribed. Remember, never skip or stop your medication without letting your doctor know.
How can you improve adherence?
- Write down your dosing schedule, and display it somewhere obvious, like your refrigerator or bathroom mirror.
- Use adherence aids such as pill boxes, reminder alarms, and apps.
Don’t ignore side effects
Many medications have common side effects, which may range from mild discomfort to more serious conditions. The most important thing is that you speak to your healthcare provider right away and discuss possible solutions for managing side effects.
Talk honestly and openly
Neurologists are trained to be aware of all the symptoms of RMS including sensitive issues. If your healthcare provider does not initiate tough conversations, you should. Being honest with yourself and your healthcare provider can help you both figure out if it’s a relapse or if you need a new treatment plan. Interested in having more meaningful and productive conversations with your doctor? Check out this helpful resource.
Next up: Choosing your healthcare team
While understanding the signs and symptoms of RMS is certainly important, it’s also critical to put a healthcare team in place to help you find the best treatment for you. Learn more about that ahead!Read On
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