Questions to Ask Your Doctor about MS

Diagnosis and Treatment

  • What kind of MS do I have? What is the typical course for this kind of MS?
  • Will I need more tests? What should I expect during these tests and how should I prepare?
  • What are the different treatment options? What are the risks and benefits of each option?
  • What are disease-modifying therapies and would any work for me? If so, how do I choose from among the different options?
  • Why is the one you are recommending best for me?
  • Will you recommend a different treatment if I have a relapse (flare up)?

Side Effects

  • What complications of MS should I watch for?
  • Can you spell out the name of the drug you are prescribing? Will it interact with other medicines or over-the-counter drugs or supplements that I take?
  • What kinds of side effects should I expect?
  • What should I do if they occur or my symptoms get worse?
  • Who should I call if I have questions?

Clinical Trials

  • Are there clinical studies going on that could potentially be beneficial to me?
  • Why do you think this trial would benefit me?
  • How would it differ from my current treatment?
  • I read about a study that is recruiting patients who sound a lot like me. I would like to discuss whether this would be a good option for me. (Bring a printed description of the study.)

Daily Life and Support

  • How will MS affect my daily life? Will I need to change my daily routine?
  • Will I need to change the way I exercise or what I eat?
  • If I need physical therapy or rehabilitation services, what do you provide and/or recommend?
  • Where can I find help and advice for help with personal and business issues? Are there support services or groups for counseling, insurance, employment issues, and financial concerns?


Additional Resources

For more information and resources in English and Spanish, please visit our resource page For People with MS (  


For more information about finding the right MS treatment for you, download the MS Association of America’s “How to S.E.A.R.C.H.™ for the Right MS Therapy for You!” ( )