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Treatments and therapies

There are lots of different ways to manage MS, and you might find some ways suit you better than others.

If you have relapsing MS, disease modifying therapies (DMTs) can mean you get fewer, and less serious, relapses. They can slow down how fast your MS gets worse, too.

Until recently DMTs couldn't help people who don't have relapses. But there's now one DMT called ocrelizumab (Ocrevus) that might help some people with early primary progressive MS.

It can be frustrating if treatments aren't right for you or don't work as well as you'd like. But lots of people with MS find it useful to actively manage their health in other ways, such as through diet and exercise.

Helping you move more

We've developed a range of simple workouts to suit different abilities and MS symptoms.

In this video, fitness instructor Dom Thorpe demonstrates some low impact lying down exercises. There is an audio described version of this video.

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Getting treatment

You have the right to ask about treatment for your MS. This is true no matter what kind of MS you have - or how long you’ve had it. Some treatments help with the symptoms of MS, while others control MS itself.


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Disease modifying therapies (DMTs)

If you have relapsing MS, DMTs can reduce how many relapses you have and how serious they are. They can slow down how fast your MS gets worse, too. The first DMT for primary progressive MS could be available on the NHS in 2018.

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HSCT

Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is an intense chemotherapy treatment for MS.
It aims to stop the damage MS causes by wiping out and then regrowing your immune system, using your stem cells.


Read more about HSCT

Physiotherapy

A physiotherapist will work with you to assess your physical symptoms and suggest exercises to improve your symptoms. Find out more about physiotherapy and how to access it.


Read more about physiotherapy

Cannabis

Products made from cannabis have been shown to help with MS pain and spasticity (muscle spasms and stiffness). Around 10,000 people in the UK with MS pain and spasticity could benefit from cannabis-based products
Read about cannabis

Complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs)

CAMs are health-related therapies and disciplines which are not considered to be part of mainstream medical care. 
Read about complementary medicines
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From support groups to information events, there's lots of ways to connect with people who understand what life's like with MS.

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