MS Drug and Estrogen Therapy May Improve MS Symptoms According to Preliminary Results
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition that’s oftentimes debilitating. But it’s also challenging to diagnose early because of the varied, fluctuating symptoms. The severity of this disease depends on the nerves damaged. At its worse, it can cause impaired mobility and speech.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for MS. But some treatments can help manage the symptoms and slow progression of this disease. Researchers continue to seek better treatment.
Combining MS Drug & Estrogen Therapy
Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health found symptoms improved by combining an MS drug and a form of estrogen therapy. The drug, Copaxone, helps those with relapsing types of MS. The estrogen hormone, estriol, is only produced during pregnancy.
Since the study involved just 158 patients, a larger study is necessary. Researchers will continue to analyze the effectiveness of this combined therapy. But researchers also need to know if the benefits outweigh potential risks.
Estrogen is not currently recommended as a standard form of treatment for MS. But studies have found it may help decrease inflammation. Also, some women whose estrogen levels increased during pregnancy had improved symptoms. Yet there has also been studies showing estrogen therapy has negative effects on women’s health.
Researchers are cautiously optimistic about using estriol as a form of treatment. And they don’t recommend patients deciding to use it without talking to their doctor first.
Social Security Disability for MS
If symptoms of MS become disabling, patients may recover Social Security disability benefits. Proof of impairment is dependent on certain symptoms, which may include vision loss and severe fatigue. To learn more about your right to disability benefits or options available if denied, contact a representative. Disability Help Group is here to help: 1-(800)-800-3332.