Co-Morbid Conditions and Their Impact on Multiple Sclerosis Disability
The August 16, 2016 MS Clinical Care Connection from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has some useful information about co-morbid conditions and how they impact MS. “Co-morbidity” is a medical term that simply means the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions in a patient. People who suffer from MS and other conditions often do not have the same progression of symptoms as others who have only been diagnosed with MS. MS that is present with co-morbid conditions can delay some MS symptoms, but it can also result in an increase in MS symptoms.
Among other information in the Connection, was a link to an article in the journal Neurology, titled Vascular Comorbidity Is Associated With More Rapid Disability Progression in Multiple Sclerosis. Increase in disabling symptoms is not isolated to MS; it is very common with many chronic diseases. In our disability insurance and Long Term Disability benefits practice, we have observed that many of our clients with multiple conditions that include MS often have a quicker progression in the severity of their symptoms, often going both ways, with each co-morbid condition being impacted by the other(s).
The MS Society Wellness Discussion Guide for People with MS and Their Healthcare Providers is a great resource for anyone fighting MS, particularly those whose MS has advanced and are suffering from Multiple Sclerosis disability. Working with your medical providers to manage your MS and any other conditions is a crucial part of getting the most out of your life. Whether you were just diagnosed with MS or have had a chronic condition for some time, I recommend that you download it. If offers insight into dietary strategies, exercise, available therapies, and just some good advice on how to interact with your doctor.