Are Drugs the Only Way to Manage MS?
A treatment plan for multiple sclerosis may also incorporate physical therapy and occupational therapy. Physical therapy and exercise can help preserve remaining function, and people may find that various aids -- such as foot braces, canes, and walkers -- can help them remain independent and mobile.
An important part of multiple sclerosis treatment is emotional support. You may feel anxiety, anger, and fear. You may need help in getting treatment for the depression that often comes with MS.
Caring for someone with active MS requires a team approach. In addition to physicians and nurses, other members of your healthcare team may include:
- Physical therapist
- Occupational therapist
- Social worker
The goal is to enable you to be as independent as possible while helping you deal with the intense emotional feelings that often accompany a disease that can become disabling.
MS is a disease with no known cause and for which there is no universally effective treatment. However, MS has a natural tendency to improve spontaneously. These factors open the door for a number of unproven claims of cures. At one time or another, many ineffective and even potentially dangerous therapies have been promoted as effective treatments or cures for multiple sclerosis.
A partial list of these "MS cures" includes:
- Injections of snake venom
- Electrical stimulation of the dorsal column of the spinal cord
- Removal of the thymus gland
- Breathing pressurized (hyperbaric) oxygen in a special chamber
- Injections of beef heart and hog pancreas extracts
- Intravenous or oral calcium orotate (calcium EAP)
- Removal of dental fillings containing silver or mercury amalgams
- Surgical implantation of pig brain into the affected person's abdomen (stomach).
None of these are effective forms of multiple sclerosis treatment.