December 16, 2014 |  written by IVX Health

What to Expect When You’re Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

When you’re diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it’s not uncommon to feel a lot of emotions as well as experience many life changes and new developments.  Here’s what you can expect when you’re diagnosed with MS.

The Emotional Roller Coaster

If you’ve been hunting for a reason for your symptoms, then there can be some relief in finally having an answer. However, it’s normal to still feel upset, frustrated, or even angry about your new diagnosis.

Allow yourself to grieve, but keep moving forward and looking for silver linings.  There are many new long-term treatments and symptom-management therapies that work wonders for MS patients, and a diagnosis of MS can help spur a variety of new, healthy habits that help you feel your best.

Learning About Multiple Sclerosis

One thing that may help you manage your emotions is information.  Learning about your condition and what to expect can both give you reassurance as well as help you prepare for what to expect from treatment.

Talk to your doctor about your specific condition, but also seek out other resources, such as the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s collection of online educational videos and webinars. Make sure you are learning from trustworthy sources. It can also be helpful to learn from others who also have multiple sclerosis, as long as you keep in mind that symptoms and responses to treatments can vary widely from person to person.

Create Your Community

When you’re ready, you can start building your community first by informing your family and friends about being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  The news can be just as shocking and hard to understand for them as it is for you, so try to give them time to adjust as well. Don’t be afraid to ask for additional support from your loved ones as you adjust to your new diagnosis and the treatment process it entails.

It’s also extremely beneficial to find a support group of individuals who also are living with MS.  Being able to sympathize, learn from and encourage others who are going through many of the same struggles you are can be helpful in beating feelings of loneliness and frustration.

Finding the Right Treatment Plan

Work with your doctors to find the right treatment plan for you, but also start keeping notes about your symptoms (a daily journal works great).  As you have questions, write them down and be sure to take them to your appointments.  You and your healthcare providers are a team, and taking an active role in your health can help you feel more comfortable and confident with your treatment plan after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis at IVX Health

If your treatment regimen includes biologic infusion treatments such as , consider IVX Health for your infusions.  We offer appointments that fit your schedule (days, evenings and weekends) in comfortable private suites so you can enjoy your time while receiving treatment.

If you’re ready to experience how we are redefining care for patients with chronic conditions, contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our many convenient locations.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.