Tell it like it is
Nobody knows you better than yourself. And nobody knows what you want (or don't want) if you don't tell them. That's why you have to be honest and direct when talking with the people on your health care team. That means not hiding things they should know.
Speak up about:
- Any new symptoms, such as tingling, numbness, fatigue, weakness, or vision changes — they could be signs of a flare-up (relapse)
- Issues with taking injections, like injection-site reactions (if you're currently on another treatment and experiencing these problems)
- Concerns about needles (giving yourself an injection isn't for everyone, so be honest with your doctor if this is a problem for you)
- Wanting to know more about GILENYA for your relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS)
Speak up and have a good conversation with your health care team. Take a closer look at yourself and your treatment, so you know what to bring up. And be sure to bring the form to start GILENYA (residents of California should download this form) with you on your visit.
Save time by downloading these forms and filling out your contact and insurance info on the form to start GILENYA before you see your doctor. If you both decide GILENYA is right for you, all you have to do is sign the form and you can be ready to get going.
It's a team decision between you and your doctor.
Your doctor or neurologist needs to be on the same page as you. After all, you're managing your relapsing MS together and working as a team. For some people, that means finding a doctor who really listens, and finding the right treatment.
"Why?" is a great question. Don't be afraid to ask.
If someone on your health care team has a different opinion about how you should treat your relapsing MS, what are your options? Let's say you're interested in GILENYA, but they say "No." There may be a reason they said no, so ask them why and find out. Sometimes that's all it takes to better understand the big picture around your treatment choice.