Here is My Question:
I have just been diagnosed with RRMS. The most troublesome symptom that I struggle with is the cognitive deficits. I used to be a full functioning store manager and bread winner of my family. I am now on the verge of losing my job with no income. Is there medication or treatment to reverse or fix the forgetting, concentration, unable to make decisions? My doctor ordered Tecfidera...will that help? There are no MS specialists in Yuma.
We are sorry to hear that your MS is impacting your job. There are many resources for you to turn to, so we will do our best to inform you of them in this blog so that you are able to get the best care and treatment and resources for you and your family.
Here are a few blogs on cognitive dysfunction and MS that might be helpful for you to read in terms of what happens cognitively and what you can do to help manage it:
There are two great articles in this newsletter from the Rocky Mountain MS Center that address both disability insurance/job benefits as well as cognition that you definitely will want to read: http://catalog.proemags.com/publication/b860b13c#/b860b13c/1
The Rocky Mountain MS Center also has a free consultation for people with MS nationally regarding employment/job benefits (you can call for a free consultation at (720)301-9708)
The National MS Society has a chapter in Arizona (you can call them at 1-800-344-4867) that you might contact as they may have recommendations for you in terms of neurologists in your area with MS experience as well as resources regarding job related issues: National MS Arizona Chapter.
There might not be any MS specialists in Yuma (you can check with the NMSS), but Dr. Revere Kinkel who blogs on this site and is a MS specialist is at the University of California San Diego MS Clinic which is only 2.5 hours from Yuma, so you can consider that as an option as well. The number for his clinic is (858) 822-5861 and here is a link to their website UCSD MS CLINIC.
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