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Vaccines and Multiple Sclerosis
Many have wondered if vaccines cause multiple sclerosis (MS) or lead to increased relapses in people with MS. Find out about vaccines and MS here.
Racial Differences in Multiple Sclerosis
Racial differences exist within MS. Experts are working hard to tease these distinctions apart so they can better understand the cause behind MS.
Overview of Rebif for Multiple Sclerosis
If you are considering Rebif as your MS disease-modifying therapy, get to know the facts, like potential side effects, to help you make your decision.
Copaxone for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment
If you are considering Copaxone as a treatment for multiple sclerosis, you need to know the facts about Copaxone's side effects, efficacy, cost, contraindications, convenience and more
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Rehabilitation Therapies in Multiple Sclerosis
Rehabilitation is very important in MS. Learn about four types of rehabilitation strategies that can help you or your loved one live well with MS.
Impact of Multiple Sclerosis on a Marriage
Marriage and MS can present challenges like a change in roles and sex problems. Open, honest communication and good planning can reduce this stress.
Giving Gifts to a Person with Multiple Sclerosis
Most people love to give gifts. However, if the person who you are giving a gift to has MS, there are a couple of tips to keep in mind.
Keeping Your Cool with MS Heat Intolerance
If you have multiple sclerosis (MS) and suffer from heat intolerance symptoms, these tips can help you beat the heat and feel more comfortable.
MS Urinary Symptoms Are Common But Treatable
MS urinary symptoms can dramatically affect your quality of life and should never be ignored. Here's how you can get relief from your symptoms.
T1-Weighted and T2-Weighted MRIs in Multiple Sclerosis
Learn about the types of MRIs used to diagnose and evaluate MS, including facts about those
Understanding Your Brain Stem and How MS Affects It
Many MS symptoms are due to MS-related brain stem damage. Learn about this
Lesions or Plaques in Multiple Sclerosis Definition
In multiple sclerosis (MS), a lesion is an area of the central nervous system that is inflamed or has been demyelinated.
Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) and MS
Learn about the Expanded Disability Status Scale, a scale that is commonly used in studies and to better understand a person's MS-related disability.
Headache After a Lumbar Puncture
Headaches are the most common side effect of lumbar punctures. While painful and frightening, these headaches can be treated quickly and successfully.
Alternative Diagnoses to Multiple Sclerosis
An MS diagnosis can be tricky, as symptoms are common with other diseases and often vague. Read what clues may signify another medical diagnosis.
Signs of Secondary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
Secondary-progressive MS represents a more degenerative MS process and occurs at some point in the majority of people with relapsing-remitting MS.
Multiple Sclerosis Course of Disease: The 4 Types of MS
Multiple sclerosis is typically classified into four different categories that explain the course of the disease. Learn about the four types of MS here.
Multiple Sclerosis in Men and Loss of Sexual Desire
Many men with MS suffer from sexual dysfunction. But with open communication and a proactive mindset, MS-related sexual problems can often be overcome.
What to Expect During an MRI Scan for Multiple Sclerosis
An MRI scan does not hurt, but getting one can be stressful. Know what to expect, so you can breeze through it and get on with your day.
What to Do During a New MS Diagnosis or Relapse
An MS diagnosis or relapse can have effects that range from mild to devastating. Learn how to provide help and support that can make a meaningful difference.
Talking About Your MS - Dating Someone With Multiple Sclerosis
Revealing personal info can feel scary. Here's what you need to know about dating someone with multiple sclerosis & how to tell someone you have MS.
What is a Multiple Sclerosis Relapse?
Understand what an MS relapse is, including its cause and distinguishing symptoms, so you can be prepared when one occurs for you or a loved one.
What Is Multiple Sclerosis Cognitive Dysfunction?
Cognitive dysfunction is one of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), yet also one of the most overlooked. Here's a closer look at it.
Constipation as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis
Constipation is a common symptom of MS. Learn more about this symptoms, including what causes it and how severe it can get.
Depression in Multiple Sclerosis
Read about depression, a common symptom in MS, including what it feels like, and what you can do if you are concerned you or a loved one is depressed.
Dysdiadochokinesia in Multiple Sclerosis
Read about a common MS-related symptom called dysdiadochokinesia, which causes an inability to perform rapid, alternating movements.
Dysphonia: A Speech-Related Symptom of MS
Dysphonia, common in multiple sclerosis (MS), is difficulty speaking due to reduced muscle control of the mouth, tongue, throat, or vocal cords.
Getting the Flu Shot in MS
The flu shot is safe for people with MS. Learn about the importance of getting a flu shot, and what you should do if you are undergoing a relapse.
Solu-Medrol Treatment: Side Effects and Tips
Solu-Medrol is given to people with MS to shorten relapses. Learn what to expect, including side effects and tips, during your Solu-Medrol treatment.
MS and Insomnia: How to Break the Cycle
A poor night's sleep can really impair your ability to perform daily activities with MS. Use these strategies to get back the restful sleep you need.
Risk Factors for Developing Multiple Sclerosis
Learn about the risk factors that may rigger MS, including ones that are more in your control, like smoking, and others that are not, like your DNA.
How to Prepare for an Appointment with Your MS Neurologist
Treat your doctor appointments like important business meetings – prepare for them. Learn how to get the most out of your time with your doctor.
Plasmapheresis for Relapsing-Remitting MS
Plasma exchange is a therapy that involves replacing a person's plasma, with the purpose of removing harmful things like immune cells from the blood.
Testing for JC Virus Antibodies for Tysabri-Related PML Risk
The JC virus antibody test can help doctors determine whether patients are at a hgiher risk for developing the potentially fatal brain infection, PML.
Telling People at Work You Have MS
Each person with multiple sclerosis (MS) must decide whom they will tell about their diagnosis. This can be especially tricky in the workplace.
Getting Pregnant with Multiple Sclerosis
There are many considerations for women with MS who want to become pregnant, but having a baby can be done safely and successfully by moms with MS.
What part of MS causes you the most stress?
Multiple sclerosis, like pretty much any disease, causes stress to those who have it and their loved ones. However, it is important to realize that the source of the stress is the MS and not put pressure on or blame yourself.
Numbness and Tingling As a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis
Numbness and tingling is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis. Read what it feel like, how it can impact you, and what it means for your disease.
Multiple Sclerosis and Loss of Proprioception
Proprioception is the sense of one's body in relation to itself and the world. Multiple sclerosis (MS) may cause a partial loss of proprioception.
5 Ways to Make Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain More Bearable
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) may be the most painful symptom of MS. While medical treatment is usually required, these at-home remedies may provide relief.
Trigeminal Neuralgia and Multiple Sclerosis
Trigeminal neuralgia is perhaps the most painful symptom of MS. Learn about this nerve disorder, including what it feels like, and how it's managed.
Speech Problems in Multiple Sclerosis
Learn about the different speech problems a person with MS may experience, including pitch or rhythm disturbances, and how they can be helped.
4 Potential Multiple Sclerosis Causes
Most experts believe that the cause of MS is likely a complex link between a person's genes and their environment. Explore four possible MS causes.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Multiple Sclerosis
The symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency may mimic those of MS so treatment, if deficient, is necessary for your neurological health and other reasons.
Overview of Multiple Sclerosis
Learn the basics about MS including common symptoms, MS types, potential causes, diagnosis, treatment, and what to do if you think you have it.
How Does MS influence Your Life Span?
Multiple sclerosis is sometimes reported as a cause of death, especially in high profile celebrity cases. The truth is that it is very rare that anyone dies directly from multiple sclerosis. Instead, a person with MS is much more likely to die from the same things as every one else: heart disease, cancer and stroke.
What Is the Swank Diet for Multiple Sclerosis?
The Swank diet is a low-fat, mostly plant-based diet developed as a lifestyle treatment for MS. Learn more about what you can eat under this diet.
10 Ways to Combat MS Fatigue
MS fatigue can be debilitating and a person's worst symptom. Read about 10 strategies you can do to take control and combat your fatigue.
Symptoms of Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis PPMS
Learn about the common symptoms of primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), notably gradual difficulties with walking like stiff, dragging legs.
Diet-Altering Gut Bacteria and Their Role in MS
Your gut bacteria influences your immune health, and what you eat may alter that bacteria. Explore this complex link, and how it may affect your MS.
Stem Cell Transplantation in Multiple Sclerosis
There is novel research on stem cell transplantation for treating multiple sclerosis. Learn about what this procedure entails and if it even works.
Managing Weight Gain from Solu-Medrol for MS Relapse
Solu-Medrol is used to shorten the duration of MS relapses, and one potential side effect is weight gain. Learn how to minimize those extra pounds.
A Form of Estrogen That May Reduce MS Relapses
Read about a form of estrogen found in pregnancy called estriol that has been found in early trials to decrease the number of MS relapses.
Stopping Tysabri and the Rebound Effect
The Tysabri rebound effect describes a phenomenon of more MS relapses and more MRI lesions in people stopping or interrupting their Tysabri treatment.
Itching As a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis
Itching is a rare, but distressing, paroxysmal symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). There are treatments available that have been shown to be effective.
Dental Care for People With Multiple Sclerosis
People with MS may have more oral hygiene problems because it is harder for some of us to perform brushing and flossing duties.
Food Sensitivities and Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Is there a direct correlation between eating food with gluten ingredients and the severity of MS symptoms? Read more about food sensitives and MS here.
Fasciculations (Muscle Twitches) and MS
Have you ever experienced these little muscle twitches to the point that it bothered you? Did they accompany any specific MS symptom?
Lower Back Pain and Multiple Sclerosis
Have you experienced lower back as a symptom of multiple sclerosis? Is this a common pain found in MS? Read more about this here.
My Experience with Driving and Multiple Scleroiss
Get first-hand insight into why someone with multiple sclerosis may be hesitant to drive, including specific MS-related challenges and anxieties.
A Multiple Sclerosis Visualization
Multiple sclerosis (MS) feels different for everyone. This article is my attempt to communicate how MS affects me in a way that others can understand.
Solu-Medrol to Treat Multiple Sclerosis Relapses
You may be surprised to learn when the intravenous steroid Solu-Medrol is used to treat MS symptoms, and why this decision is a delicate one.
Multiple Sclerosis and Pain
Pain is one of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Learn about the distinct types of MS-related pain, and what they feel like.
Paroxysmal Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Gain an understanding of what paroxysmal symptoms are in multiple sclerosis and whether they signal an MS relapse and can be successfully treated.
What is a Multiple Sclerosis Hug?
The MS Hug or girdle-band sensation is a symptom of multiple sclerosis. Find out what it feels like, what is means, and how you can cope with it.
Headaches After MRI Scans if You Have MS
Ever experienced a headache after having an MRI to monitor your multiple sclerosis? Turns out, it may be more common than most people are aware.
Copaxone Immediate Post-Injection Reaction
Although Copaxone is known for having the fewest side effects of any of the disease-modifying therapies for multiple sclerosis (MS), there is an acute post-injection reaction that can be alarming. Although a fairly rare occurrence and considered
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What You Need to Know About Avonex - MS Treatment
If you are considering Avonex as a treatment for multiple sclerosis, you need to know the facts about Avonex's side effects, efficacy, cost, contraindications, convenience and more to help you make your decision. Learn more about Avonex and be an informed patient.
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What Is Zinbryta (Daclizumab) for MS Treatment?
Learn about the disease-modifying therapy Zinbryta (daclizumab) including how it compares to other MS drugs, and adverse effects associated with it.
Multiple Sclerosis Girdle-Band Sensation Tips - MS Hug
You can try to manage the pain and annoyance of the MS Hug with these ideas before turning to addictive medication. Learn more.
3 Mind-Body Therapies to Ease MS Symptoms
Read how three relaxation therapies that integrate the mind and body can soothe symptoms related to multiple sclerosis such as fatigue and spasticity.
Living with Optic Neuritis and MS
Optic neuritis is a fairly common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS), affecting up to half of people with MS. Also, 50 to 60 percent of people experiencing optic neuritis will go on to develop MS in the next 10 years. The main symptoms of optic neuritis are: pain when moving the eyes, absence of color in viewed objects and blurring or blank spots in the visual field.
Mornings With MS - Managing MS Fatigue & Symptoms
Mornings are difficult for many of us, but more so for those with MS. Readers share their morning MS symptoms and how to manage MS fatigue.
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What's the Link Between Osteoporosis and Multiple Sclerosis?
Bone loss begins early in MS and increases your risk of fractures, which further impacts your symptoms. Learn how you can optimize your bone health.
Multiple Sclerosis and Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)
Although multiple sclerosis (MS) and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) are both chronic neurological diseases, they have different causes and different courses.
Cooking Tips from People with MS
Cooking can present a challenge for people with MS. See what some people do to make cooking easier and more enjoyable.
Experiences With Acne as a Side Effect of Solu-Medrol
Solu-Medrol is a corticosteroid used to shorten the duration of multiple sclerosis relapses. It comes with several unpleasant side effects, including acne.
Personal Stories about MS and Falling
Research shows that approximately 60% of people with MS have fallen. Read stories about falling from others with multiple sclerosis.
Do You Have True MS Vertigo or Is it BPPV?
Vertigo is a fairly common symptom of multiple sclerosis and may indicate disease activity, but it can also have non-related causes. Here's the scoop.
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Will Taking Omega-3 Help My Multiple Sclerosis?
Understand the potential benefit of increasing your consumption of omega-3 fatty acids for your MS, and what food sources contain these fish oils.
Is Selenium Helpful or Harmful in MS?
Should you supplement selenium if you have MS? The science is unclear, but supplementation is generally not thought to be beneficial.
Research on Vaccines for Multiple Sclerosis
Read about four vaccines being tested in clinical trials, including information about how they work to alter the immune systems of people with MS.
Low Dose Naltrexone Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
Scientific evidence for LDN is sparse, but many with MS are using low doses as treatment for symptoms and more. What are the dangers and side effects?
NeuroVax as an Experimental Vaccine for MS
Read about NeuroVax, a therapeutic vaccine for multiple sclerosis (MS) that is currently undergoing phase II clinical trials.
Vitamin D Supplementation in Multiple Sclerosis
While there are no standard guidelines for dosing Vitamin D in MS, there are typical strategies doctors use. Learn what your MS doctor may recommend.
Connection Between EBV and Multiple Sclerosis
Epstein-Barr virus has long been a suspect as a possible cause of multiple sclerosis. Learn more about this mono-causing virus, and its link to MS.
Why You Should Be Practicing Yoga for MS
Yoga is a gentle way to build strength and balance for people with multiple sclerosis, and research shows that it can even relieve MS symptoms.
Do You Keep Your Multiple Sclerosis to Yourself?
Turns out that many of us with multiple sclerosis don't talk to many people about our disease. Read about why people may not talk about MS with others.
MS Diagnosed After Age 50: Get the Facts
Learn why late-onset multiple sclerosis (MS), in people over age 50, can have different symptoms and be harder to diagnose than MS in younger adults.
How MS is Related to Hearing Loss and Tinnitus
Hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears) can be a rare symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). Here is what to know about hearing problems with MS.
The Difference a Balance Dog Makes for MS
Guide dogs often assist people with vision loss, but service dogs for MS are becoming common. Figure out if an MS balance dog is right for you.
Aphasia and MS: How to Improve Communication
Aphasia is loss of words: the ability to speak, understand what others say, write clearly, and/or understand written words. Learn how you can help.
Provigil as a Treatment for MS-Related Fatigue
Learn about a medication that is used to treat MS-related fatigue called Provigil (modafinil), including its benefits, dosage, and side effects.
Naps and MS: Readers' Stories
Naps seem to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) cope with MS fatigue. Read what people with MS report about their nap habits.
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What are the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) has a wide range of symptoms and signs and can have an effect on almost any body system.
Can You Die From Multiple Sclerosis?
Can you die from multiple sclerosis? Learn about MS life expectancy and how the disease affects a person's quality, not quantity, of life.
Going Gluten-Free With Multiple Sclerosis
If you're one of the many people with multiple sclerosis giving up gluten, this four-week plan will help you figure out how to go gluten-free.
Coping with MS Constipation: Reader Tips
Constipation is a very common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). Learn what some people do to find relief and stay regular.
Sleep Problems in People with Multiple Sclerosis
Many of us with multiple sclerosis (MS) have problems sleeping through the night. Read what other people have to say about their sleep difficulties.
MS Cognitive Dysfunction Frustration and Tips: Part I
If you have MS-related cognitive dysfunction, you are not alone. Many of us suffer from this MS symptom and have shared tips and frustrations.
Is Lemtrada for MS Right for You?
Lemtrada is specifically for people with relapsing-remitting MS who have failed to respond to two other therapies. Learn more.
Humidity Makes MS Symptoms Worse
Humidity seems to affect many people with multiple sclerosis negatively, by increasing symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, and cognitive dysfunction.
Low Muscle Endurance and Impaired Gait in Early MS
People with multiple sclerosis may have low muscle endurance and walk differently than others, even in the very early stages of the disease.
Sleep Problems and Tips from People with MS
People with MS often have difficulty sleeping, exacerbating MS-related fatigue. Read about others' experiences and some of the tips that help them.
How to Be Happy Living With Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis presents physical and emotional challenges. Find happiness and joy by expressing gratitude and acknowledging your feelings.
People with MS Talk About How Their Dogs Help Them
Read several stories that readers have sent in about the very many ways that their dogs have helped them with their multiple sclerosis.
Having Trouble Swallowing with MS Dysphagia
Multiple sclerosis dysphagia affects at least a third of MS patients, causing choking, coughing, and other problems. Here's what you should know.
Similarities in the Symptoms of ALS and MS
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease) and MS (multiple sclerosis) share many symptoms, although they are very different diseases.
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Could Your MS Bladder Medications Be Causing Your Fatigue?
If you're taking bladder medications for bladder dysfunction with MS, they may worsen your fatigue. Here's a list of drugs that may be culprits.
Diagnosing and Treating Depression in Multiple Sclerosis
Depression in MS is common and can be debilitating. Read how to seek help for your depression, how it's diagnosed, and what therapies are available.
Dysesthesia in MS: What It Is, How It's Treated
Dysesthesia is the term used for a group of unpleasant or painful sensations that people with multiple sclerosis may feel. Learn more about dysesthesia.
6 Tips for Dealing With Numbness and Tingling in MS
Numbness and tingling, also known as paresthesia, are a common symptom of multiple sclerosis. These tips can make the symptom a bit more bearable. Page 2.
Coping With Numbness and Tingling in Multiple Sclerosis
Numbness and tingling, also known as paresthesia, are a common symptom of MS. These tips can make the symptom a bit more bearable.
MRI Tips to Keep You Calm During Your Next Scan
An MRI can be an uncomfortable experience, but they are often a necessary part of diagnosing MS. Use these tips to minimize discomfort and keep calm.
Stories about a Secondary Progressive MS Diagnosis
The diagnosis of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) can be a challenging time. Read what some people with MS say about their experience.
Seizures and Epilepsy in Multiple Sclerosis
Epilepsy and seizures as symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) are rare, however, still more frequent than in the general population. Here's some info about these unusual symptoms of MS.
Summertime With MS: How Heat Affects Multiple Sclerosis
Heat intolerance is common for someone living with multiple sclerosis. Learn more about it and how temperature affects MS symptoms.
Types of Multiple Sclerosis
There are four types of MS. See how these types are unique, like disease course, first symptoms, and how nerve communication is impaired.
Hot Feet as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis
Many people with multiple sclerosis have hot, burning feet at night that can interfere with sleep. Read what some of them say about this symptom.
When to Use Canes for Multiple Sclerosis
Wondering when to use a cane for multiple sclerosis? Using a walking cane provides additional support and balance to ease MS symptoms.
Causes of Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis
Learn about what causes fatigue in MS, including the disease itself and other factors, like sleep disorders, depression, and certain medications.
How to Find an Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Neurologist
Multiple sclerosis doctors are called neurologists. Finding a neurologist for multiple sclerosis can be an intimidating and confusing process. By following these simple steps, you can help yourself find the right MS neurologist.
Pseudobulbar Affect, or PBA, in Multiple Sclerosis
Review a condition in MS that causes abrupt outbursts of tears and laughs called pseudobulbar affect, or PBA, including how its diagnosed and treated.
Differences Between Alzheimer's Disease and MS
Learn about some differences between MS and Alzheimer's disease, including causes, symptoms, how it damages the brain, and levels of severity.
What Causes Multiple Sclerosis Erectile Dysfunction?
Erections rely on nerves functioning properly—and because MS impairs nerve functioning, multiple sclerosis erectile dysfunction (ED) is very common.
A Closer Look At MS Fatigue
Between 85 and 95 percent of people with MS have debilitating fatigue at times. Here's a closer look at MS fatigue and how it can be managed.
Hip, Knee, and Joint Pain in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience pain and soreness in their knees and hips. Here's what is causing it and how to manage it.
Solu-Medrol and Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is a common symptom of MS in men. Some men have noticed worsening after treatment with Solu-Medrol for relapses.
Using Reflexology in Multiple Sclerosis
Reflexology is a form of massage that involves applying pressure to the feet and hands, and it may alleviate some MS symptoms like pain and spasms.
Comments about "Suffering" and Multiple Sclerosis
Life can be challenging for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), but most of us find ways to cope. See what people with MS say about
MS and Life Expectancy: An Inspiring Story
People with MS generally have the same life expectancy as the general population. Read this story of a man with MS who lived well into his 90's.
Things NOT to Say to People with Multiple Sclerosis
Sometimes, the most well-meaning people say the wrong things. Here are some tips on things not to say to people with multiple sclerosis.
8 Multiple Sclerosis Travel Tips for an Easier Flight
Long flights can be brutal for anyone, but for people with MS, a miserable journey can cause symptoms to flare. Follow these tips for a smooth flight.
Medical Information on Taking Gilenya for Multiple Sclerosis
Read basic medical facts on Gilenya, generic name fingolimod, which is the first oral disease-modifying therapy approved by the FDA for MS.
Coping with Cold Weather When You Have MS
Although most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) feel worse in the heat, learn about some whose symptoms get worse in cold weather.
Sensitive to Sounds? It May Be a Symptom of Your MS
If you have MS and certain noises seem to worsen your symptoms, you're not alone. Learn some tips on how to quiet your world and function better.
Does What You Eat Affect Your MS Risk?
It doesn't appear that dietary factors influence risk for developing MS, although obesity in young girls seems to increase chances of developing MS.
Cooking Tips from People with MS: Part I
For people with MS-related fatigue or cognitive issues, cooking can present a challenge. People with MS offer some ideas to make cooking easier and more enjoyable.
Experience with Speech Problems and Multiple Sclerosis
Speech problems, such as slurring, and problems with cadence and volume as symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) are fairly common. Learn about how people with MS are affected by these speech difficulties.
Holiday Hazards for People with Multiple Sclerosis
Holidays are busy, fun and can be stressful and exhausting, especially for people with multiple sclerosis. Find tips for dealing with the holidays.
Try These Nifty Home Remedies If MS Has You Overheated
If multiple sclerosis-related heat intolerance has you trapped inside, try some of these items that you can make at home to help you beat the heat.
Evoked Potential Testing for Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis
Gain and understanding of what evoked potentials are and how they may be used to better understand a person's MS or confirm their diagnosis.
Alcoholism and Multiple Sclerosis
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) have a higher risk for alcoholism and alcohol abuse.
Top 10 MS Organizations for Support and Research
Having MS can be a confusing and isolating experience—but it doesn't have to be. Tap these resources for information, support, and hope.
Will Ginkgo Improve My MS-Related Cognitive Problems?
See what scientific research says about using the popular herbal supplement Ginkgo biloba for cognitive dysfunction in multiple sclerosis.
Bee Sting Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis
Bee sting therapy is a form of apitherapy used by people with MS. Learn whether this is an effective therapy and the risks treatment may carry.
The Best Bet Diet for Multiple Sclerosis
The Best Bet Diet is based on the idea that food crossing the gut contributes to the autoimmune response and leads to MS. What does the science say?
Does Acupuncture Work for Multiple Sclerosis?
Acupuncture is a complementary therapy used in a number of health conditions, and small studies show that it may also benefit some MS symptoms.
What Is a Pilot Study and Why Is It Important?
A pilot study is sometimes known as a feasibility study, and the objective is to determine the likelihood of success of a larger study.
Multiple Sclerosis Cooling Products Round-Up
Heat can cause MS symptoms to worsen. These multiple sclerosis cooling products may help you to be more active and tolerate heat better.
What Is CCSVI in Multiple Sclerosis?
Research shows that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are very likely to have CCSVI and it may be a cause of MS, but it's still only a theory.
What Does "Significance" Mean in MS Studies?
10 Ways to Boost Multiple Sclerosis Life Expectancy
Multiple sclerosis life expectancy is slightly shorter than that of the average person. Here are some steps to take to boost your longevity with MS.
Numbness and Tingling Tips from People with MS
Almost all people with MS experience numbness and tingling in some part of their bodies. See how other people have found relief - or at least distraction - from this symptom.
Hot Weather Can Slow Down Thinking in People with MS
Most of us with multiple sclerosis (MS) know that the heat makes our physical symptoms worse. Turns out that hot temperatures also affect our cognitive functioning.
How Is Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosed?
The diagnosis of MS is challenging. Read how your neurologist will use your medical history, exam, and other tests to diagnose you or your loved one.
Symptoms of PML
Know the symptoms of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, a rare, but very serious side effect of Tysabri, a MS disease-modifying therapy.
Reasons for Not Taking MS Disease Modifying Therapy
Learn why despite strong recommendations from the National MS Society, some people with MS are not taking their disease-modifying therapies.
Diagnosis of Tysabri-Related PML in Multiple Sclerosis
See how the rare brain disease progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML, is diagnosed, including the use of MRIs and a lumbar puncture.
Tremors or Hand Shaking in Multiple Sclerosis
Tremors are a very common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). Learn more about the different types of tremors and how to manage them.
Uhthoff Phenomenom in Multiple Sclerosis
Read about a unique sign in MS called the Uhthoff phenomenon, in which a person's MS symptoms are more pronounced after being exposed to heat.
Sex Tips for Women With Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) does not have to mean the end of intimacy. There are many things you can do to maintain a healthy sex life.
The Difference Between Peripheral Neuropathy and MS
Peripheral neuropathy is damage to the peripheral nervous system that causes pain, numbness, tingling and/or muscle weakness in the extremities.
Is There Radiation Exposure During an MRI?
Most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) get MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans at least annually, if not more often. Should radiation be a concern?
Unusual Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms and Experiences
You may be surprised to learn about some of these unusual symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis and MS-related sensations, including burning-hot feet at night.
Novantrone or Tysabri for Multiple Sclerosis?
Novantrone (mitoxantrone) and Tysabri (natalizumab) are both used to treat aggressive forms of relapsing MS and occasionally secondary-progressive MS. However, Novantrone and Tysabri differ in terms of side effects, costs, access, lifestyle considerations, contraindications and mechanisms of action. Learn more to help you make an informed decision.
Monitoring Novantrone and Contraindications
Novantrone (mitoxantrone) and Tysabri (natalizumab) are both used to treat aggressive forms of relapsing MS and occasionally secondary-progressive MS. However, Novantrone and Tysabri differ in terms of side effects, costs, access, lifestyle considerations, contraindications and mechanisms of action. Learn more to help you make an informed decision. Page 2.
MS Age: Am I Too Old For Treatment?
While MS age alone is not a factor in treatment, there may be other reasons that you can't take disease-modifying drugs, such as your type of MS.
Mouth Numbness and Taste Disturbances as Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Numbness of the mouth or taste disturbances are very real, but very rare symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Hear what others have to say about this symptom.
How Tremor Medications May Worsen Your Fatigue
Tremor and fatigue are two disabling MS-related symptoms, and medications used to treat tremor can worsen your fatigue, creating a vicious cycle.
Treatment of Headaches and Migraines in MS
When choosing a medication for your headaches, your doctor will consider other factors, like side effects of the medication that may affect your MS.
Evaluating and Treating Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis
Fatigue is the most common MS symptom, but can be challenging to treat effectively, as it has many causes, including MS medications themselves.
10 Sex Tips for Men with Multiple Sclerosis
It is estimated that 70 percent of men with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience some form of sexual difficulties. As sex is an important part of health, it is important to address these challenges.
Questions about Pregnancy in Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is not a reason to avoid pregnancy, but there are issues to consider like stopping your MS therapy and caring for a child.
Julie's Low Dose Naltrexone Journal: Stopping LDN (for Now)
As I wrote in my last couple of blog posts describing my experiences with low dose naltrexone (LDN) to address some of my multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, my
Review of Tysabri in Multiple Sclerosis
Tysabri is a treating for relapsing MS. Read about potential warnings and side effects, including the rare but potentially fatal brain infection, PML.
The Genetics of Multiple Sclerosis
Your DNA plays an important role in MS development, but is not everything. Learn what types of genes are linked to MS and what this means for you.
Multiple Sclerosis - Using McDonald Criteria After Single Attack
Diagnosing MS used to require a minimum of two relapses to meet diagnostic criteria. Here's how MRI scans have improved the process of monitoring and diagnosing MS dramatically.
Symmetrel as a Treatment for MS Fatigue
Symmetrel (amantadine) is commonly prescribed to treat fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Side effects are minimal, but should you take it?
9 Things to Know Before Describing Pain to Your Doctor
Even though describing pain to your doctor can be challenging, it can mean the difference between feeling better and living with uncontrolled MS pain.
Talking To People With MS - Newly Diagnosed With MS
Someone newly diagnosed with MS might want to talk to someone who's been living with MS for years. These tips explain how to talk to someone with MS.
What You Need to Know About Stress and MS
MS increases the stress in a person's life, and in turn, that stress can trigger flare-ups. Here's what you need to know to cope with stress and MS.
Stupid or Insensitive Remarks About People with Multiple Sclerosis
Hearing stupid or insensitive remarks sometimes seem to be an everyday occurrence for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Share your experiences here to help others realize they are not alone.
Stories about MS and Falling: Part 2
Although many people with MS fall, we often don't get a chance to talk to anyone about it. Read some stories about falls by people with multiple sclerosis.
Spasticity and Stiffness as a Symptom of MS
Spasticity is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). Here is what you need to know to lessen its effects and to treat it.
The Scary Truth About Smoking and Multiple Sclerosis
Research now shows a strong link between smoking and progressive forms of MS. Before you light up, here's what you should know about smoking and MS.
Diagnosing Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
Those with primary progressive MS have a gradual loss of neurological function. Read how this pattern of MS is diagnosed and why it can take years.
Heard of Nuvigil for Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue?
Neither had I until a friend with multiple sclerosis (who sees the same neurologist that I do) called me to tell me that it had
Restless Legs Syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis - MS and RLS
Research shows that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are about five times more likely to have restless legs syndrome (RLS) than people in the general population. Restless legs syndrome symptoms are very different from other symptoms of MS, such as spasticity and parasthesia (numbness and tingling). Learn about restless legs syndrome in multiple sclerosis here.
Does Humidity Make Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms Worse?
So, here I am, having a great time on vacation in the desert. Yes, desert - gets pretty hot in the daytime, but, as they say, it is
Q. Are You Noise Intolerant?
People must think that I hate music, movies, parties or basically anything that is fun. That is not the case at all. It is just that these things tend to be so
Is MS Making My Pupils Different Sizes?
People with MS occasionally experience afferent pupillary defect (APD). It is due to inflammation of the optic nerve, or optic neuritis.
Gadolinium Enhancing Lesions in Multiple Sclerosis
Learn how contrast is used in MRIs, including how a gadolinium-enhanced lesion appears as a bright spot, and what this means for your MS activity.
When is Plasma Exchange Recommended for MS Treatment?
Plasma exchange, often referred to as plasmapheresis, is recommended for treating severe multiple sclerosis relapses that do not respond to Solu-Medrol. It is not recommended for secondary progressive or primary progressive MS.
Social Challenges and MS: Readers' Stories
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) share their stories of social difficulties.
Tell your story on MyCounterpane
For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), sometimes telling your story or reading what others have to say can ease our symptoms and make us feel less isolated. Check out MyCounterpane, a tool to help you connect with others with MS.
Social Challenges of People with Multiple Sclerosis
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) can have some cognitive dysfunction symptoms that interfere with their social abilities.
Respiratory Problems in People With Multiple Sclerosis
The causes of breathing problems in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) vary. Learn what you can do to prevent MS complications due to breathing problems.
Restless Legs Syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis
Research shows that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are about five times more likely to have restless legs syndrome (RLS) than people in the general population. Restless legs syndrome symptoms are very different from other symptoms of MS, such as spasticity and parasthesia (numbness and tingling). Learn about restless legs syndrome in multiple sclerosis here. Page 2.
Why You Should Keep A Multiple Sclerosis Symptom Log
Multiple sclerosis symptoms can be strange and unpredictable. Keeping a symptom log can help you better understand your symptoms and their triggers.
Suffering and Multiple Sclerosis - Coping Tips for People with MS
Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) is hard - at times even the most brave and stoic among us is
Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue and NSAIDs
Fatigue from MS can be worsened by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Learn about the side effects of these drugs, and get tips for managing your fatigue.
How to Manage NSAIDS Related Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue
Fatigue from MS can be worsened by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Learn about the side effects of these drugs, and get tips for managing your fatigue. Page 2.
How to Prepare Your Veins for Multiple Sclerosis Infusions
One thing that most of us with MS have to deal is getting stuck with needles. These tips can make the often unpleasant infusion process easier.
Suffering and Multiple Sclerosis - Coping Tips for People with MS
Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) is hard - at times even the most brave and stoic among us is
Betaseron for Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis
Learn the facts about Betaseron, including potential side effects, efficacy, safety, and convenience so that you are an informed patient.
Neutralizing Antibodies in MS Treatments
In MS, neutralizing antibodies are sometimes produced in response to interferon beta therapies for MS, including Avonex, Rebif and Betaseron.
MS - How Do I Know if I'm Having a Relapse?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) relapses sometimes come on strongly, with sudden loss of function. Learn how to tell if you are having a relapse.
Comparison of Fibromyalgia and MS
Fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis (MS) are two very different chronic diseases but share symptoms and features, which may challenge a diagnosis.
8 Ways to Ease MS-Related Swallowing Problems
Dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties, with multiple sclerosis can cause choking or aspiration pneumonia. Chew on these tips for easier swallowing.
Getting Up All Night to Go? It May Be MS-Related Nocturia
Nocturia, or frequent nighttime urination, is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). Here are some lifestyle adjustments that can help.
Monitoring and Treatment After a CIS Episode
Learn about the recommendations for monitoring and treating people who have experienced a clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).
Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS) - Monitoring and Treating After Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS)
Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) The term “clinically isolated syndrome” (CIS) refers to an “attack” that has one or more symptoms resembling multiple sclerosis (optic neuritis, numbness and tingling, weakness) that lasts for at least 24 hours in someone who has not been diagnosed with MS. Learn about the recommendations for monitoring and treating people who have experienced a clinically isolated syndrome (CIS). Page 2.
Multiple Sclerosis Drugs - Exploring Your Options
Multiple sclerosis drugs can alter the course of multiple sclerosis (MS) by slowing the progression of the disease. There are several multiple sclerosis drugs on the market, including Betaseron, Copaxone, Avonex and others, all of which work to modify the disease. Before working with your doctor to choose an MS drug that is right for you, however, you should review the differences in these medications carefully.
MS Drugs – Betaseron, Copaxone and Other MS Drugs
Disease-modifying treatments are medications for multiple sclerosis that alter the course of MS by slowing the progression of the disease. Before choosing an MS treatment, you should review all the differences in the medications carefully. Page 2.
Financial Assistance for Multiple Sclerosis Drugs
Multiple sclerosis drugs are extremely expensive. Learn ways to help pay for your MS medications, including patient assistance programs, among others.
MS Cognitive Dysfunction Frustration and Tips: Part II
Most people with MS have some degree of cognitive dysfunction. See how others feel about it and what they do to fight it.
Headaches as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to experience migraines or cluster headaches. Find out what causes them and how to identify them.
High Blood Pressure Medications and Fatigue in MS
Read how your high blood pressure medication may be contributing to your fatigue, including tips on how you can address it with your MS health team.
Have You Ever Fallen? I Have
Although many people with MS fall, only about half of us report these falls to our doctors.
Cognitive Dysfunction Tips for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
For people with cognitive dysfunction as a symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS), seemingly simple tasks can be frustrating. Try some of these tips and ideas for helping yourself avoid stress and get things done.
Driving and Multiple Sclerosis - Do You Do It?
Abject fear of driving was my first
Benign Multiple Sclerosis Actually Exists
Benign multiple sclerosis is a type of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in which few relapses occur and result in very little permanent disability.
Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue and Antihistamine Use
Multiple sclerosis (MS) fatigue can be made worse by antihistamines. Learn about the side effects of these drugs and get tips for managing your fatigue.
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Help and Resources for Multiple Sclerosis - MS Aids
Find out about all resources available to people with multiple sclerosis (MS), including: books and publications, organizations, foundations, government aids, financial resources, mobility aids, social support services and other sources of help.
Spouses' Reactions to MS Diagnosis
Multiple sclerosis, like any chronic illness, can affect marriages. While MS can destroy many marriages, it can also make some marriages stronger.
Noise Intolerance and Multiple Sclerosis
Some people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are intolerant of loud noises. Read about noise intolerance and MS.
Sleep Apnea More Common in People with Multiple Sclerosis
Sleep apnea, or episodes where a person stops breathing for short periods during sleep, is more common in people with MS.
Self-Injecting tips from People with Multiple Sclerosis
Many treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS) requires that people inject themselves. Read some tips on self-injecting from people with MS.
Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis Stories and Tips
Yoga has many benefits for people with multiple sclerosis - hear from people with MS how yoga improves their lives.
Noise Intolerance and MS: Readers' Stories Part 1
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) can be very sensitive to noise, which can cause stress and discomfort. Read these stories about noise intolerance in people with MS.
Noise Intolerance and MS: Readers' Stories Part 2
Many people with MS are very sensitive to noise and have shared their experiences in this article.
When to Disclose Multiple Sclerosis to Your Date
Telling someone you are dating that you have multiple sclerosis (MS) can be stressful. Read some advice from people with MS about the best timing to disclose your MS status.
Good Experiences Disclosing Multiple Sclerosis When Dating
Although multiple sclerosis (MS) can put stress on a relationship, these stories about people disclosing their MS to the person they were dating are full of hope and love.
Bad Experiences Disclosing Multiple Sclerosis When Dating
Sometimes, telling people that we are dating that we have multiple sclerosis (MS)
Fibromyalgia and MS Experiences
It is possible for people to have both MS and fibromyalgia, which have similar symptoms. People living with both diseases share their experiences here.
Stories of Hearing Problems and Multiple Sclerosis
Hearing problems can be a symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS) and can take many forms.
Donating Blood if You Have MS
People with MS are technically eligible to donate blood, if they meet other eligibility requirements. However, some individual donation centers still reject people with MS from blood donation.
Word Finding Problems and MS: Reader Experiences
Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have the problem of losing the words they want to use during conversation.
Cold Feet and Multiple Sclerosis
Some people with multiple sclerosis report having very cold feet, which can be extremely uncomfortable.
Tips for Hot Feet and MS
Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience hot, burning feet at night. See what some people do to find relief from this problem.
Reasons to Avoid or Limit Alcohol if You Have MS
While alcohol can be enjoyable, even a small amount can worsen certain MS symptoms for some people.
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) in Multiple Sclerosis
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is used in many neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS). In some studies, IVIG has been shown to be effective for MS in preventing relapses in postpartum women, delaying onset of MS after clinically isolated syndrome and in primary progressive MS.
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - IVIG as a Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is used in many neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS). In some studies, IVIG has been shown to be effective for MS in preventing relapses in postpartum women, delaying onset of MS after clinically isolated syndrome and in primary progressive MS. Page 2.
MS Guilt: Readers' Stories
Multiple sclerosis (MS) causes us to slow down or need help in ways that impact those around us. Many of us find ourselves apologizing for our MS, but it is not our fault.
Plasma Exchange Treatment and Tips: Readers' Stories
Plasma exchange (plasmapheresis) may be used as a treatment in people whose MS does not respond to steroids. Read what others with MS have to say about their experiences with plasma exchange.
How People with MS Feel About Losing Abilities
Multiple sclerosis often limits what people can do. See how people with MS describe their feelings about this part of the disease.
How do you explain MS in one sentence?
Read how others describe their multiple sclerosis to people with little knowledge of the disease.
Cats and Multiple Sclerosis: Reader Stories
Pets are wonderful for people with multiple sclerosis. They give unconditional love and comfort. Read what others with MS have to say about their cats.
Lightening and Multiple Sclerosis
Some people with multiple sclerosis feel a worsening of symptoms during a lightning storm.
Lemtrada and Infusion Associated Reactions
Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) comes with a number of potential side effects, including infusion associated reactions. Learn about them here.
Lemtrada Monitoring and Screening
Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) requires the most intensive screening and monitoring of any MS disease-modifying therapy on the market.
Allergy Tips for People with MS
Seasonal allergies can make us miserable, especially people who are already living with MS symptoms. Try some of these tips to get relief.
Seasonal Allergies and Multiple Sclerosis
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) who experience seasonal allergies can feel like their MS symptoms are worse, as well.
Stories About MS and Falling: Part 3
When you have MS, falling is a scary and solitary experience. However, many of us fall at times. Read stories about falling from people with MS.