Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Team

The following are some questions that you may want to discuss with your MS healthcare team. Write down additional questions on a separate page.

Multiple sclerosis

1. How will MS affect my life?

2. What are the physical and mental symptoms I could develop?

3. How will I know if my MS is getting worse?

4. What is the likelihood that I’ll end up with physical and/or mental disabilities?

5. Will MS affect my ability to have children, or to raise a family?

Treatment

1. Will treatment be effective for my type of MS?

2. What are the possible benefits of treatment?

3. How will different treatments affect my lifestyle?

4. What side-effects may occur? What is the likelihood that I’ll experience these side-effects?

5. What can I do if these side-effects occur?

6. Is special monitoring needed once I start the medication? How often? Who pays for these tests?

7. How will I know if the medication is working? If it is working, should I continue with my current treatment or switch to something that may be better?

8. What do I do if I forget to take a dose?

9. What if the medication doesn’t work? How will that affect my treatment options later on?

10. Whom do I contact if I run into problems with my medication?

Reference: Exploring Your Options: Considering Risks and Benefits of MS Medications

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