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Who to choose?

There are several healthcare professionals who can help you in different ways. While your neurologist is key, you can add other members to your team based on your needs and symptoms. Check out the list below, and work with your doctor to decide.

Specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions of the brain. Some neurologists have subspecialties, and you may want to check to see if your neurologist specializes in treating MS.

An internist or general practitioner who oversees your general healthcare needs and who may refer you to specialists, such as a neurologist. With your permission, your PCP may also share your healthcare information with your neurologist.

A licensed practical nurse (LPN) assists a healthcare provider in clinical or hospital settings, while a registered nurse (RN) may provide direct care to patients.

Works closely with healthcare providers and often focuses on treating patients with long-term chronic conditions like RMS. An NP may order or perform diagnostic tests, assess symptoms, and prescribe treatment.

A licensed healthcare professional who fills and dispenses prescriptions and ensures their safe and effective use. A clinical pharmacist may work with a healthcare provider to optimize patient care.

Physician assistants are healthcare providers that are trained to meet with patients, diagnose illnesses, develop treatment plans, and manage course of treatment.

A licensed therapist is trained to help you manage pain and/or improve movement through exercise, hands-on care, and education.

A medical doctor who can diagnose and treat diseases of the urinary tract in both men and women.

A licensed healthcare professional trained to help you maintain or develop the skills necessary for daily life at home, in the community, or on the job.

A psychologist or other mental healthcare professional who can help you deal with RMS symptoms that affect your mental and emotional well-being. They can also help you deal with the emotional toll of managing your RMS.

Connects you with government or community resources to help you manage your daily family, school, or work responsibilities impacted by RMS symptoms. Some social workers also specialize in the field of mental health.

RMS patient Stewart shares his story

Actual RMS Patient

Stewart shares his story

What works now

“My neurologist is an MS specialist at a teaching hospital...The thing that most impressed me about the neurology department was their team concept...Regardless of the individual I saw, it was readily apparent they were communicating as a team and were all familiar with my case, background, and treatment plan.”

What didn’t work before

“One of the most frustrating things was getting the feeling the provider was watching the clock…”

RMS patient Pam shares her story

Actual RMS Patient

Pam shares her story

What works now

“When I feel comfortable and sense the sincerity from my healthcare provider, that’s the secret to making beautiful music together.”

What didn’t work before

“Unfortunately, I have been in office visits where I have felt as if I were just a number at the deli counter. If you are consistently feeling rushed, disrespected, or not being taken seriously, something is off-key.”

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From the Nurses' Station

Before talking with your healthcare team, think about how you want treatment to fit into your lifestyle. What are your treatment goals? And how might you reach them? Explore some questions you can ask yourself to better your chances of finding a treatment that suits your needs.

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The great news about your RMS journey is that you’re not in it alone. Let’s discuss how you can expand your network of support to get what you need from those around you.

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