What Motivates You To Stay Committed to Your RMS Therapy?

  • by Laurie J.
  •   May 29, 2017

Laurie J. is a paid employee of Teva neuroscience, Inc.

Finding your inner motivation.

It can be a challenge to stay committed to a treatment for relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS). Symptoms of relapsing MS can be invisible, and, sometimes, treatment success is defined by simply having things stay the same. Measuring progress can be difficult and there are various therapy goals to consider. That’s why it is always best to consult your health care provider before starting, changing or stopping a prescribed medication. 

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s S.E.A.R.C.H.TM guide is an education and advocacy tool based on research and recommendations from some of the world’s most experienced neurologists. It advises people with relapsing MS to start taking a disease-modifying therapy as early as possible following diagnosis. The statement goes on to say that, when you find a medicine that works for you, you should stay on it unless there is clear lack of benefit or intolerable side effects or a better medication becomes available.

Reviewing your personal and medical goals with your health care provider from time to time can help you stay commited to therapy. As a nurse I have found that just as each persons experience with RMS is unique, so is what motivates them. For some individuals, motivators are emotional, personal, and meaningful. For others, motivators are medical or scientific in nature. What motivates you to take your relapsing MS therapy as prescribed? There are probably as many answers to that question as there are people with MS. In other words, everyone has their own reasons for whether or not they stay committed to treatment. Do you know yours? I put together a list of a few motivators I have heard over the years. Is your motivator on my list?

  1. Taking care of myself.
  2. Friends and family.
  3. I want to help educate others about MS.
  4. To reduce the number of relapses I experience.
  5. A vision for my future.
  6. Pure determination.
  7. To reduce new damage within my central nervous system.
  8. Spirituality/Faith.
  9. I believe that I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
  10. I never give up.
  11. Shear willpower.

So, was your motivator listed? If not, leave us a comment sharing what it is that motivates you to stay committed to your RMS therapy… who knows, maybe I will add your motivator to my list! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember, if you want to stay up-to-date on the latest posts from Lift MS, you can register here.

Laurie J.

Shared Solutions® Nurse

About The Author

Laurie J., RN, MSCN is an MS-Certified Nurse working at Teva’s Shared Solutions® with 40 years of nursing experience, 10 of those years focused solely on MS.

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2 Comment(s)
  • albert | June 11, 2017
    For me it is fear of the unknown.
  • Lisa | June 15, 2017
    I am thankful, if I have to have RMS, medicine has come a long way.
    • Teva's Lift MS Team | June 19, 2017
      We wish you the best, Lisa.