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Multiple Sclerosis Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you keeping a symptoms diary and can we review it?
  • How would you rate your level of weakness, spasticity or disability? Mild, moderate or severe?
  • How would you rate your level of tremor or clumsiness? Mild, moderate or severe?
  • Have you had any changes or worsening of vision, bowel or bladder problems?
  • Have you noticed any changes in your sense of touch or pain?
  • How is multiple sclerosis affecting your quality of life, including your daily activities and social interactions?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you having weakness, numbness, tingling, fatigue, or problems with walking, coordination or balance? Any vision changes?
  • Do your symptoms affect more than one limb? And do they affect one or both sides of your body?
  • Are your symptoms continuous or do they come and go?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • What makes your symptoms better or worse?
  • Does anyone in your family have multiple sclerosis or another autoimmune disease?
  • How well is your medication controlling your symptoms? Do you feel it is effective?
  • What concerns do you have about a multiple sclerosis diagnosis and your treatment?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have multiple sclerosis?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose multiple sclerosis?
  • What treatments are available for multiple sclerosis?
  • What are the complications of multiple sclerosis?
  • Can you determine if my multiple sclerosis is relapsing-remitting or progressive?
  • How do you expect my type of multiple sclerosis to progress?
  • What treatments do you recommend to slow the progression of my disease?
  • What are the treatment options for my symptoms, such as weakness or spasticity?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms, such as exercise or dietary changes?
  • How does body temperature affect multiple sclerosis symptoms? What precautions should I take in this regard?
  • Are there other medications that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Do my new or different symptoms indicate that my multiple sclerosis is getting worse?
  • What should I expect with my specific case of multiple sclerosis? How do you believe my disease will progress?
  • Which health professionals should I see to manage multiple sclerosis?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 1
  1. Kurtzke Functional Systems Scores (FSS). National Multiple Sclerosis Society. https://www.nationalmssociety.org/NationalMSSociety/media/MSNationalFiles/Brochures/10-2-3-30-Functi...
  2. Multiple Sclerosis. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/multiple-sclerosis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350274
  3. Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms and Diagnosis. National Multiple Sclerosis Society. https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Symptoms-Diagnosis
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