Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex chronic condition that impacts almost 1 million people in the United States. And while there is no cure for MS, you can find ways to manage the symptoms.
However, finding the right treatment for your symptoms may feel a bit overwhelming, especially when dealing with a flare-up. The good news, though, is knowing the right places to look for treatment advice can help you save time and ensure you get the best possible information to treat your type of MS.
Several organizations provide resources for MS treatment, support, and more. And while you will notice a variety of groups listed throughout this page, there are three powerhouse organizations that should be at the top of your resource list:
- Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: call 888-673-6287 or email email@example.com
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society: call 800-344-4867
- Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: call 800-532-7667 or email MSquestions@mymsaa.org
In addition to the three organizations listed above, here are some of the best resources for MS treatment advice you can find online.
MS is a complicated condition that often requires a multidisciplinary treatment team that may include your primary care physician, a neurologist, neuropsychologist, physiatrist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and other specialists familiar with MS. Having the right team of experts ensures you’re getting the best possible care. The directories and online tools listed below can help you locate specialists nationwide as well as in your area.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Find Doctors and Resources: An online tool that allows you to search for healthcare professionals specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of MS in your area.
Multiple Sclerosis Centers for Excellence (MSCoE): Established by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) with two locations: MSCoE East located in Baltimore, and MSCoE-West jointly located in Seattle and Portland, Oregon. The goal is to improve the clinical care of veterans with MS.
MS Centers Directory: An online tool from the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers that allows you to search for MS centers by country and specific location.
Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish Neuroscience Institute: This world-class MS center in Seattle is a leader in MS treatment and MS research.
Multiple Sclerosis at Mayo Clinic: The Mayo Clinic is able to diagnose and treat with a multidisciplinary team that may include neurologists, rehabilitation specialists, urologists, psychiatrists, neuro-ophthalmologists, and other specialists. They also have a Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center to treat children with MS.
Brigham Multiple Sclerosis Center: A leading institution located in Boston that provides comprehensive patient care, ongoing clinical research trials, and innovative technology.
Several other hospitals and universities have excellent MS treatment centers, including:
- Multiple Sclerosis Center at UW Medical Center Northwest
- The Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center at Cedars Sinai
- Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroinflammation Center at University of California San Francisco
- UTSouthern Medical Center Multiple Sclerosis Center and Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute
- The Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta
- Columbia University Multiple Sclerosis Center
- Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis at the Cleveland Clinic
Clinicaltrials.gov is a database of clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. You can search for ongoing and completed trials by condition, including MS.
National Adult Day Services Association: Adult day services centers provide transitional care and short-term rehabilitation following hospital discharge. You can search for a center near you in NADSA’s online database.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Complementary and Alternative Medicines: Provides an overview of complementary and alternative medicine options for treating MS, including exercise, acupuncture, vitamin D supplementation, cooling strategies, and more.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Medications: List of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved disease-modifying therapies for MS and drugs for managing symptoms.
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America — Long-Term Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis: Comprehensive overview of long-term drug and disease-modifying treatments.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Conducts and supports research and provides information about complementary health products and practices.
This Is MS: An online forum with several message boards related to treatment, medications, symptoms, and other therapies for MS.
Finding the right support after an MS diagnosis is crucial. But it’s even more essential as you begin the journey of symptom management and treatment. Here are some organizations, Facebook groups, and websites that offer various levels of support, from online resources and meetings to chat rooms and message boards.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Information about local and virtual support groups and meetings for people living with MS and their families and loved ones.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Community: Private Facebook community that provides a space for everyone affected by MS.
The Mighty: Multiple Sclerosis Connections: This is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s new online community hosted in partnership with The Mighty that is dedicated to helping people with MS share their experiences, discover resources, and find support 24/7.
MS World: A patient-run organization with an active forum, chat room, resources, social networking, and sub-forums/message boards with topics like general Q&A, symptoms and treatments, recently diagnosed, medications, assistive devices, military veterans, employment and MS, and more.
MyMSTeam: A free social network that allows you to connect with other people living with MS, gain practical advice and tips on MS treatments, and share daily ups and downs.
MS Focus Independent Support Group Network: In-person support groups and online community from the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation that provide guidance, resources, tips, and ways to connect with other people in similar situations. Meetings are available in most states, but anyone with MS can start a support group and become a leader.
My MSAA Community Online Forum: A free online community from the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America for people with MS, their families, and caregivers to share resources, information, and experiences.
Whether you’re recently diagnosed or decades into living with MS, hearing others’ stories about the daily challenges and triumphs is a vital part of living with MS.
PatientsLikeMe: An online community that allows you to share symptoms, compare treatments, and get advice and support on other MS-related topics from people living with MS. In addition, the site has an interactive tool that shows commonly tracked symptoms and treatments based on member input.
MS Conversations: An MS blog affiliated with the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America with stories from people living with MS.
A Couple Takes on MS: Jennifer and Dan Digmann both have MS and care for one other. Their blog, A couple takes on MS, details the daily challenges and triumphs along with tips and resources for living with MS.
Life in Spite of MS: Cir, and his wife and caregiver, Akrista, share a view of MS from two perspectives on their blog, Life in Spite of MS.
My New Normals: Nicole Lemelle, an MS advocate, activist, and nurse, shares her journey from diagnosis to living with MS along with experiences of other people living with MS.
Living with MS: Personal stories of people living with MS from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Caregivers often face challenges that only other caregivers understand. One way you can help is to encourage your family, loved ones, care partner, or support person to access online resources, meetings, and other tools to help them feel supported as their roles and responsibilities change throughout the course of caring for someone with MS.
MS World: The Family Room: An online message board dedicated to discussing family life, including relationships and caregivers.
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis TAKE CHARGE Program: Two-day program for people living with MS and their support partner to learn, set goals, and create health-promoting changes.
My MSAA Community Online Forum: Free online community from the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America for people with MS, their families, and caregivers to share resources, information, and experiences.
Caregiver Action Network: A family caregiver organization that provides education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers free of charge.
Many nonprofit organizations and pharmaceutical companies have grants and other resources offering financial assistance for prescription drugs, supplies, and other MS treatments. In addition to the organizations listed below, consider asking your primary care doctor about local resources.
Manufacturer Assistance for MS Disease-Modifying Treatments: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has a page dedicated to resources to assist with medication and infusion costs.
The Assistance Fund: Helps with medication and treatment costs for more than 70 diseases, including MS.
PAN Foundation FundFinder: A free app that tracks the status of more than 200 funds and patient assistance programs.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Guide to Prescription Financial Assistance: A comprehensive guide with tips, resources, and links to help pay for medication.
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Grants & Programs: A resource page dedicated to financial assistance for home care, assistive technology, transportation, emergency assistance, and more.
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America — Prescription Assistance Program: Information about financial assistance for disease-modifying treatments and MS symptom management.
Patient Advocate Foundation: A nonprofit organization that provides direct services, including financial aid, to patients living with chronic conditions.
Exercise and physical activity are vital components in MS treatments. Participating in activities like low impact aerobic exercise, stretching, and light resistance training can help you maintain mobility and improve your range of motion, according to a
If you’re unsure about the best types of fitness programs for people with MS, consider working with a physical therapist or occupational therapist who specializes in movement therapies for MS. Otherwise, check out some of the resources listed below for ideas, information, routines, and workout videos designed for MS.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Exercise: A comprehensive resource on how to exercise with MS, including stretching tips, aerobic exercise tips, and breathing exercises.
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis: Includes webinars and programs like JUMPSTART that focus on mobility, activity, tips for fatigue, activities of daily living, and more. Plus, programs like Can Do that offer tips and videos on exercise for MS.
This Is MS — Exercise and Physical Therapy: An online community with an exercise and physical therapy-specific message board dedicated to recovery from the effects of MS and maintaining physical function.
Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Guide to Exercise: In-depth resources that cover movement tips and ideas for people living with MS.
Exercise in Multiple Sclerosis from the Cleveland Clinic: Includes the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability exercise guidelines.
MS Trust Build Your Own Exercise Routine: An interactive site with 32 individual movements that address balance, posture, and strength for people living with MS
Online articles and videos for exercising and movement with MS: