Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Team

The following are some questions that you may want to discuss with your MS healthcare team. Write down additional questions on a separate page.

Multiple sclerosis

1. How will MS affect my life?

2. What are the physical and mental symptoms I could develop?

3. How will I know if my MS is getting worse?

4. What is the likelihood that I’ll end up with physical and/or mental disabilities?

5. Will MS affect my ability to have children, or to raise a family?


1. Will treatment be effective for my type of MS?

2. What are the possible benefits of treatment?

3. How will different treatments affect my lifestyle?

4. What side-effects may occur? What is the likelihood that I’ll experience these side-effects?

5. What can I do if these side-effects occur?

6. Is special monitoring needed once I start the medication? How often? Who pays for these tests?

7. How will I know if the medication is working? If it is working, should I continue with my current treatment or switch to something that may be better?

8. What do I do if I forget to take a dose?

9. What if the medication doesn’t work? How will that affect my treatment options later on?

10. Whom do I contact if I run into problems with my medication?

Reference: Exploring Your Options: Considering Risks and Benefits of MS Medications