The mainstay of treatment for MS, whether you have relapsing remitting or progressive MS, involves managing individual symptoms. Symptomatic treatments help relieve the physical or mental symptoms of the condition. They don’t treat the underlying cause or change the course of the condition itself.
Depending on the symptom, management might involve medication, input from a therapist or rehabilitation specialist and/or the development of self-management strategies.
Learning to manage your symptoms takes time and you may need to try several different options before finding what works best for you. It can be helpful to read up about the different treatment options for the symptoms you’re experiencing so you can talk them through with your GP or MS team.
You can use this tool to find out more about the drugs and treatments which are commonly used for MS, and the symptoms they can be used for. To find out what treatments may be used for each symptom, click on a box on the left to narrow down the list to treatments for that symptom. Links on the right take you to our A to Z page on each treatment to find out more.