Discussing Treatment Plans With Patients

Experts in the field of healthcare have finally recognized that patient have been left in the cold when it comes to discussing their treatment plan with their doctor. These experts realize that you will be better served when you’re involved with and, understand, the ins-and-outs of specific drugs and lifestyle changes needed to achieve the desired outcome which is to get better.

Here is the rub.  The reason you’re kept in the dark about your treatment plan is because there is no incentive (payment) to discuss the treatment issues with you.

Now that “the cat is out of the bag”, I’d like to know how many of you were fully informed concerning your MS treatment plan.

Dr. Rudy

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8 thoughts on “Discussing Treatment Plans With Patients

  1. That last comment was in reference to the audio on miracles. Sorry for not tagging it to begin with. Thanks Dr. Rudy for all of your help.
    Sandy

  2. I finally got the audio to play. I guess it was the apple ipad I was using so when I switched to my desk top I got it to work. So I stuck with it and now I am finally listening to it.

  3. I was given quite a bit of paperwork and booklets on rebif and told to make a decision about it. I felt like I was going to die or get quite a bit worse if I didn’t take it. It was so scary. I felt that I had no other choice at the time.

  4. I think each Dr. has their specific choice on which medication they prefer, then start with that. If that doesn’t work for the patient, for example, because of side effects, they move on. I am going to a new neurologist this month to see what he has to say. So far, all mine has done is listen to me and pump me full of steroids. I have done all my own research on diet and alternative therapies. One thing I will say is my neurologist is open to all the diet stuff; he just can’t legally suggest it to me, which I think is sad. When I stay away from gluten, sugar, and MSG, I do great! I plant a garden every year and freeze a lot of my own vegetables, and I have 6 hens so I have fresh eggs. When I eat well I do well. Notice I say WHEN I eat well! It’s a choice we have to make here in America, and when we choose to eat well, it is expensive. But with this disease, choosing to eat well comes with a pleasant side effect: You feel great! Good luck to all and thanks Sue Ellen and Dr. Cartwright for all the wisdom and actually sharing it with all of us!

  5. My neurologist suggested to take Avonex when i told him that i was having side affects like weight gain he agreed for me to stop the medication. After that he tried to put me on other medication but i am not convinced that the medication is there to help me.

  6. Hello everyone,

    I am so glad I found this website. I was recently diagnosed with MS (having had some flare ups for years), so my neurologist prescribed Rebif. I haven’t started it yet because I think my symptoms (slightly blurred eye and restless sleep causing insomnia) were manageable. I do yoga every day and walk for about an hour but I noticed that my leg stated feeling numb, too. I have had a healthy diet before but now I excluded dairy and gluten (I am still learning what to eat) I am so scared that I will eat something that will worsen my symptoms that I lost 10 pounds and am very skinny, but feel even more scared to start with Rbif. Certainly, I was told that this is my only option.
    I am so confused and would appreciate any advice. Thank you

  7. I was diagnosed last year with ms after alot of numbness in legs and right arm. Vision also distorted. I changed my diet and went onto Rebif. I feel so good now. My tiredness has gone and numbness gone. I do think Rebif has made a huge difference. The injectoon did ache to start with but not now. Please give it a try. Kaye

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