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    by Randall T. Schapiro, M.D., FAAN, Can Do MS Programs Consultant & Board Member

    No one wishes to have multiple sclerosis, but having it in 2012 is certainly different from having MS in 1992.  Those twenty years brought about more changes than the one hundred twenty years before them.  And the changes continue to happen at a lightning fast rate.  It is quite possible that in the next year there will be three more disease modifying drugs available to slow relapsing forms of MS.

    These did not come about by accident but by understanding the immunology of what goes on in MS.  That understanding has increased year by year.  Managing the disease has become more complex as the choices for management have increased dramatically. 

    Managing the symptoms of MS continues to evolve as well.  Newer treatments to help people walk and control the spasticity (stiffness) associated with MS have been put to good use in the past five years.  Better control of the emotional lability sometimes seen in neurological diseases has been obtained through the use of medication combination once designed for other purposes.  Improved bracing for foot weakness through the use of sophisticated electronics has helped a number of people with this issue.

    Wrestling with the psychological, personal, vocational issues of MS continues to be challenging but it clearly is easier to look toward the future with the gains made in the recent past by emerging therapies in various areas of MS concern.  Understanding the role of exercise in maintaining function is a major interest of Can Do MS and clearly has become important to all those managing MS.  Multiple Sclerosis as a subspecialty of neurology has emerged to be relatively common place as MS Centers continue to evolve in a changing health care system.  Research in this area is becoming more sophisticated and may result in changing ways of health care delivery. No one would wish to have multiple sclerosis but having it in 2012 is certainly different from having it in 1992.  Those twenty years brought about more changes than the one hundred twenty years before them.  And the changes continue to happen at a lightning fast rate.  It is quite possible that in the next year there will be three more disease modifying drugs available to slow relapsing forms of MS. 

    Nonetheless we still do not know the cause of MS.  What is the role of Vitamin D?  Clearly diet does not seem to have much influence in the course of MS but what factors do?  What is the role of genetics in a disease that clearly has a genetic flavor but is not hereditary?  How do we best follow the course of MS clinically with MRI?  There are lots of questions to be answered but we are more on the way than at any other time of history!

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