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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

UNDERSTAND MS RELAPSES


UNDERSTAND MS RELAPSES


As a person with multiple sclerosis (MS), you know firsthand the profound impact MS relapses can have on your life. MS relapses vary from person to person. For you it may appear as mild symptoms such as numbness in your limbs. Or it could affect your ability to walk or your vision.
Yet as unpredictable as MS flare ups are, treatment options do exist.
Learning more about MS relapses—and how Acthar may help you treat yours—is the first step toward taking a more active role in your management of MS relapses.

What are MS Relapses?

MS is caused by damage to the protective covering that surrounds your nerve cells. This covering is called the myelin sheath.
MS nerve damage is caused by inflammation. This inflammation occurs when the body's own immune cells attack the nervous system. Damage can happen in:
  • Any area of the brain
  • The optic nerve
  • The spinal cord
For an attack to be considered an MS relapse, it must meet the following criteria:
  • Old symptoms of MS become worse or new symptoms appear
  • New or worsening symptoms last at least 24 hours
  • Symptoms occur at least 30 days after the last relapse
  • There is no other explanation of the symptoms
MS flare ups can last anywhere from days to weeks, but they may last for months. They can result in permanent disability.
Talk to your doctor about your symptoms to find out if you may be experiencing an MS relapse. And ask your doctor about Acthar. Together you may be able to determine if it's a good treatment option for you











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