Treating progressive MS
There’s now one disease modifying therapy (DMT) available for primary progressive MS.
To get this drug you must be early on in your MS. Active inflammation must also be seen on your MRI scans. And your score on the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) must be between 3 and 6.5 (a score over 6.5 means you use a wheelchair all the time). This drug is called ocrelizumab (Ocrevus).
Unfortunately there are still no DMTs available yet for other types of progressive MS which don’t show signs of active inflammation on MRI scans, or don’t cause relapses. But there are other treatments and techniques to manage your condition.
They include a wide range of treatments for individual symptoms which you can discuss with your health professionals. Your options include:
- symptom management - this could be drug treatments, rehabilitation therapies (like physiotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy) or a combination of the two
- avoiding complications - like making sure you seek treatment for bladder infections
- managing your symptoms - for example trying our exercises for fatigue
- looking after your general health and well being - we can help with information on diet and exercise.
If your symptoms are changing, you can ask for a review with your health professional, if you don't already have an appointment coming soon.