Overwhelmed, in a panic, or don’t know where to start?
We know firsthand how difficult being diagnosed with a rare, immune-mediated demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve) can be. We know how frightening and isolating it be can when given a diagnosis of a rare neuroimmune disorder — acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, acute flaccid myelitis, MOG antibody disease, neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, optic neuritis, or transverse myelitis.
If you haven’t done so already, please take a few minutes to become a member of the Siegel Rare Neuroimmune Association. There is no cost to do so and we will keep you informed of the latest information on treatments, research and management of rare neuroimmune disorders as well as our programs.
Being newly diagnosed with a rare neuroimmune disorder is hard, but please know that we are here for you. You are not alone. We are here to help. We are here to guide you through it all and to support you.
The importance of rehabilitation
Rehabilitation should be started as soon as someone with a rare neuroimmune disorder is medically cleared for activity, whether one has regained some muscle strength or has shown no short-term recovery. Starting a rehabilitation program early can help mitigate some of the bone loss and muscle atrophy that occurs in the areas affected by paralysis. Please visit our Resource Library for more information about rehabilitation.