Will we ever see a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS)? That’s one of the most frequently asked questions — and topics of conversation — among people living with this disease. “I’m so tired of feeling this way every day,” said one member of MyMSTeam. “I wish MS had a cure.” Another commented, “Praying that a cure for this disability is found in my lifetime!”
Although researchers have more insights into possible causes of MS, we’re still a long way off from a cure, according to Dr. Aaron Boster. A board certified neurologist and president of The Boster Center for Multiple Sclerosis in Columbus, Ohio; Dr. Boster also has a YouTube channel covering many aspects of treating and living with MS.
“It’s unlikely that we’re going to find a cure in my lifetime,” Dr. Boster explained in an exclusive interview with MyMSTeam. “I’m not saying that to be Debbie Downer. It’s still largely uncharted territory.”
The good news: Scientists are honing in on ways to improve quality of life with MS, which affects some 400,000 people in the U.S. More MS therapies are being developed than ever before, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The disease is also being diagnosed earlier, so disease-modifying treatments can begin sooner. And scientists are discovering possible risk factors that could eventually help prevent the disease.
Thanks to these advances, MS will eventually become a “boring” chronic disease, Dr. Boster predicted. Like diabetes, MS would be managed with diet, lifestyle modifications, and medications.