Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Multiple Sclerosis

Demirci S. , Dağlı S. , Doğan Ünlü M.

2. Uluslararası Türk Dünyası Multipl Skleroz Kongresi, Antalya, Turkey, 13 - 16 February 2020, pp.31

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Antalya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.31


COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE USE IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS Seda Dağlı, Melike Doğan Ünlü, Serpil Demirci Suleyman Demirel University School of Medicine, Isparta BACKGROUND: Most people with MS try complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches and many continue to use them just to control disease progression and improve the quality of their lives. The reported prevalance rates of CAM use is quite large and ranges between 33% to 70%. Among many, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and diet ranks the first. OBJECTIVE: To compare the prevalence of CAM use between relapsing-remitting (RRMS) and secondary progressive MS (SPMS) patients. METHODS: The study group is composed of 100 MS-patients (87 with RRMS, including 3 CIS cases, and 13 SPMS cases. Mean age was 35.9±9.8 years (18-59 years) and 68.3% was female. Disease duration was 5.2±4.8 years and EDSS was 1.8±1.7. RESULTS: Nineteen percent (20 cases) of patients reported CAM use. Three of the twenty patients had stopped their MS medication; the remaining was taking them as an adjunct. The rate of CAM use was more than twice in SPMS (31%) group in comparison to RRMS group (18%). No correlation was detected between CAM use and age, gender, education level, disease duration, EDSS and quality of life measures. In both group capers and black seed use was remarkable. All had given up CAM use because of lack of efficacy. CONCLUSION: The use CAM is considerably high in MS patients. Keywords: alternative medicine, complementary medicine, multiple sclerosis