People living with MS often find themselves coping with a second or third health condition at the same time. But with a positive attitude and the right planning, it's possible to manage multiple diseases.
And If your neurologist determines the symptom isn’t caused by MS, it’s time to visit your primary care doctor to locate the source.Migraine headaches and MS are a frequently seen combination, and secondary autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis aren’t uncommon.
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There may be instances when medications for MS should not be taken if you are on drugs for another health condition. For example, prednisone, taken to relieve the inflammation of MS, makes it more difficult to manage blood sugar and weight — side effects make it harder for Koplowitz to control her diabetes.
Koplowitz depends on her medical team to identify these types of interactions. She also uses one pharmacy for all medications because its database will alert the pharmacist if there's a potential interaction that she should be aware of. Any time she starts a new medication, she takes it separately, at a different time of day than her other medications — something that she says helps her to identify any changes in symptoms or side effects that she needs to report to her medical team.
Stay Positive No Matter What
Since then, Koplowitz has completed 25 New York City marathons, finishing last every time, but finishing. She has also gone snorkeling and parasailing. She sets goals for herself and figures out how to make them happen using modifications and sheer determination. Planning ahead (while staying flexible), being prepared, and maintaining a positive attitude keep her moving forward and actively participating in life. “Don’t cash in your chips,” she says. “You can either have a disease or be one.”