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Quiz: What Are Your MS Treatment Goals?

Posted on July 22, 2021
Medically reviewed by
Evelyn O. Berman, M.D.
Article written by
Kelly Crumrin

In recent years, neurologists have discussed how to set goals for treating relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). Some experts consider “no evidence of disease activity,” or NEDA, as the goal to aim for. NEDA refers to:

  • No MS relapses
  • No new or enlarging lesions seen on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • No worsening of assessed disability

Other MS specialists have suggested that no evidence of disease activity is an unrealistic goal, and prefer to focus on “minimal evidence of disease activity,” or MEDA, as a more attainable aim. One definition of MEDA is:

  • No MS relapses
  • Two or fewer new lesions on the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord)

Researchers in one study found that people with relapsing-remitting MS who met the goal of MEDA had a minor risk of future disability.

Now that you know a little about how neurologists set goals for MS treatment, it’s time to think about what goals you want to set. Since the choice of taking a disease-modifying therapy (DMT) is a shared decision between you and your doctor, your goals matter too.

This quiz is designed to help you evaluate your goals in treating your MS. From there, you can start a conversation with your doctor about whether your current DMT is the best treatment option to help you meet those goals.

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On MyMSTeam, the social network for people with multiple sclerosis and their loved ones, more than 170,000 members come together to ask questions, give advice, and share their stories with those who understand life with MS.

Did this quiz help you clarify your goals in treating your MS? Do you feel more prepared to talk to your doctor about switching DMTs? Share in the comments below, or start a conversation with others on MyMSTeam.

Evelyn O. Berman, M.D. is a neurology and pediatric specialist and treats disorders of the brain in children. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Learn more about her here.
Kelly Crumrin is a senior editor at MyHealthTeams and leads the creation of content that educates and empowers people with chronic illnesses. Learn more about her here.

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