How to support loved ones with multiple sclerosis.
Finding out that you or a loved one has a chronic medical condition can be incredibly daunting, and multiple sclerosis is no exception. MS is a chronic and usually progressive autoimmune disease that damages the sheaths of the nerve cells in a person’s brain and spinal cord, often making it difficult for them to get around as easily as they used to.
More than 2.3 million people around the world are affected by MS, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, which means that it’s likely you know someone who has been diagnosed with MS.
“The quality of life of an MS patient is driven in large part by social support,” Amit Sachdev, M.D., an assistant professor and director of the Division of Neuromuscular Medicine at Michigan State University, tells SELF. He points to research published in the European Journal of Neurology that found that social support was so important to patients with MS that the researchers recommended that patients be asked about their level of support, among other factors, when they see their doctor.
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