MS Mondays: Medical Updates

Every day, I have Google Alerts send me an email with the latest news and updates on MS. This week, the big news is the FDA approval of the Multiple Sclerosis drug, Aubagio. According to the FDA, “In a clinical trial, the relapse rate for patients using Aubagio was about 30 percent lower than the rate for those taking a placebo.” The new drug is supposed to have milder side effects than the rival, Rebif. Another MS drug, Lemtrada, is currently waiting for FDA approval. New medical innovation means more ways to treat MS symptoms, but what if you don’t want to wait for the drug to reach your pharmacy? Not to worry, Google Alerts also updates me on other medicines and treatments that are currently available. Here are a couple that are found to be effective and one that isn’t. As a reminder, this is purely informational. We are not dispensing medical advice. You will need to consult your doctor for any medical advice or before beginning any treatment or therapy seen herein.

These medicines and treatments are thought to be effective: 

Vitamin D: According to foodconsumer.org, “A review study in Current Opinion in Neurology suggests that taking vitamin D supplements or getting lots of sun exposure may help prevent multiple sclerosis or prevent the disease from progressing.” Naturally, if you have heat sensitivity, the supplement approach will probably be your best bet.

Botox: We previously mentioned the effectiveness of Botox in reducing tremors on a previous MS Mondays post, but did you know it also helps with incontinence? Dr Marlene Murphy, a Urologist at the Mandell Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Mt. Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, CT states, “Basically the way it works, by injecting it into the bladder, it paralyzes a muscle and allows the bladder to hold just like my bladder.” (Source: wtnh.com)  UroMed recently offered a continuing education course for medical professionals about the use of Botox for MS treatment. See the article here.

MS affects each person differently.

MS affects each person differently.

This medicine is thought to NOT be effective: 

Ginkgo Biloba: I personally had no idea Ginkgo Biloba was thought to be a treatment, but apparently some people thought it had an impact on improving mental function in MS patients. However, a study done at LSU’s Health Science Center in New Orleans has found that it has no profound effect. (Source: The Sacramento Bee)

If you’re unsure about whether a treatment is effective, talk to someone! The National MS Society has a great online community that can help you get answers and maybe recommend a treatment you never knew about! Click here for more information. 

 

Today’s MS Monday Motivational Moment:

I know how hard your fight is, but just remember what MS can’t do to you!

 

Multiple Sclerosis Resources

Uromed provides links to the following educational resources for patients, caregivers and medical professionals to help increase awareness, support and assistance for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

We are also strong advocates. Almost 20% of UroMed’s Customer Care Associates or one of their family members has some form of disability, enabling us to share our understanding and expertise when working with you.

20% of UroMed employees either have a disability or a family member with a disability.

20% of UroMed employees either have a disability or a family member with a disability.

Just Diagnosed

You may have a wide range of questions and concerns if you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has created a special page to help you with the information and support you need to live comfortably and confidently with this change in your life. Please visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/newly-diagnosed/index.aspx

Advanced MS

Although MS is a progressive disease, the rate of progression differs from one person to another. The key message to anyone living with advanced MS is that there is always more that can be done to improve the situation. For people whose MS has become more disabling—and their family members and friends—the NMSS has provided information about how to manage the challenges they face at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/living-with-advanced-ms/index.aspx

Multiple Sclerosis & Urology Questions

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society also has produced an excellent brochure to assist people with urological information, Living with an MS Bladder.


About the Author:
 Lindsey Beacham, from Atlanta, serves as Marketing Coordinator for UroMed. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Criminology and from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. When she’s not busy with marketing or studying for additional degrees, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

About UroMed Catheters
Headquartered in Suwanee, GA [a suburb of Atlanta], UroMed is one of the nation’s leading providers of single-use catheters, urological and disposable medical supplies, including intermittent catheters, closed system catheters, condom catheters, pediatric catheters and continence care products. UroMed is nationally accredited for Medicare reimbursement and most state Medicaid plans, and partners with private health insurance providers and health plans to provide patients with single-use catheters, catheter kits and incontinence products. UroMed also has seven staffed regional offices located in Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Jacksonville, FL; Dallas, TX; Carlsbad, CA; Knoxville, TN; Richmond, VA; and Baton Rouge, LA; enabling next-day delivery after a customer’s initial medical supply order. For more information, please visit http://www.uromed.com or call 1-800-841-1233.

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