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What are the Best Sources of Multiple Sclerosis Support?

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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 05 April 2018
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The best sources of multiple sclerosis (MS) support may be different for each individual, but can include doctors, support groups, family members, friends, and therapists. Patients should explore all options and find the one that works best for them. Which source is best will depend on a patient's personal preferences; sometimes the severity of the disease may impact a patient’s decision.

Doctors, either family practitioners or specialists, can be great sources of multiple sclerosis support. Aside from giving medical advice and prescribing needed medications, doctors often provide a caring source of comfort for newly diagnosed patients. They often give recommendations for coping with the condition, and provide information for other care providers who can offer emotional and mental support.

Many patients find their families and friends are the best sources for multiple sclerosis support. These individuals give patients someone to talk to about their symptoms, their fears regarding the condition, and ways in which the entire family can handle the situation and make it easier on the patient and on one another. Relying on family too heavily is not always a good idea, however, as loved ones often have their own fears and questions about MS and may not feel as though they can adequately express them to the patient.

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Both patients and their loved ones may find multiple sclerosis support from groups or therapists. Support groups are generally available in almost any city, or patients may consider starting one themselves with other sufferers of the condition if none is available. Family members and friends may also find support in these groups. Therapists or counselors are also good sources of support, as they are specially trained in guiding patients through the fears and pain associated with MS.

Online forums and groups may also be good sources of multiple sclerosis support. There are several available for people suffering from nearly any medical condition. Message boards and chats are often provided for patients to ask questions, vent about frustrations, and express their concerns with having a chronic disease. Family members can also interact with other MS caretakers to discuss their own fears and questions. This is an especially good option for those who find it difficult to get out due to physical limitations.

Those with any chronic illness are encouraged to find support from somewhere. Feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness, and depression are common. It doesn’t matter who or where the support comes from as long as the patient feels understood and safe while expressing his or her emotions.

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