Multiple sclerosis - When even short distances become a hurdle

Mann in Rollstuhl

What is behind it?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of an unknown cause that presents itself as chronic progressive inflammation of the central nervous system. The disease affects both the brain and spinal cord resulting in inflammation that destroys nerve cells. Numerous neurological symptoms that include vision problems, memory lapses and movement difficulties are among its most common symptoms. Although MS is still without cure, the course of the disease can be somewhat influenced by current therapies which help slow down its progression.

For MS sufferers, there are some reasons not to start medical treatment. Some even discontinue their therapy due to the fear of administering the medication. This represents a serious issue. But what exactly are the reasons sufferers choose not to use injection therapy for MS? Some feel well enough that they believe that they do not need the medication. Still others fear syringes and needles and with each injection, are reminded of their disease. The lack of support from family and friends is yet another reason. 

Injection systems also play a key role in creating patient anxiety. Thus, the easier the administration is for those affected, the more likely they are to use it. In most cases, the smaller the needle, the better the usage rate. In fact, for psychological reasons, patients will always choose the smallest possible needle.

Patients also want properly mixed and dosed medication in clearly labeled prefilled syringes, avoiding improper mixing ratios and dosages. This is particularly beneficial to MS patients who have frequent visual disturbances. In addition, patients want injection systems that they can easily travel with. Thus, systems like pens and auto-injectors make life easier because they can be taken anywhere. For psychological reasons, autoinjectors also make good sense since the needle is not visible to the patient. Such systems are also easy to use, which is especially important for patients with muscle tremors.