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Multiple Sclerosis: Create a Stress Management Plan

If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), you’re bound to experience increased stress, so it’s helpful to create a plan to keep stress from bringing you to a screeching halt. The first step in your stress management [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis Stress Management: What Are Your Priorities?

Part of adapting to life with multiple sclerosis (MS) is adapting to the unpredictability of your symptoms and their potential impact on your everyday life. As you probably know, MS symptoms can make it [more…]

Practical Steps to Lessen the Stress of MS

Daily life is filled with small stresses that can quickly add up to be bigger ones. In other words, it isn’t any one thing — such as struggling with the buttons on your blouse, getting stuck in traffic [more…]

Stress Management Techniques for MS Patients

Because stress management in multiple sclerosis (MS) isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition, the menu of techniques is extensive. Some of the basic types are out lined here, but you can check out [more…]

Resources for Coping with Progressive Forms of MS

If you have progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), chances are high that the first question on your mind is about treatment options. The majority of people are initially diagnosed with a relapsing-remitting [more…]

Drug Treatment Options for Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

All eight disease-modifying medications that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat MS have been shown to be effective for people who experience relapses. [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: How to Feel and Function at Your Best

The goal of treating multiple sclerosis (MS) is to help you feel and function well. So, together, you and your healthcare team can identify and implement strategies to manage your symptoms and keep you [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: How to Prevent Unnecessary Complications

If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), by now, one of your friends or family members has probably mentioned to you that he or she knew someone “who died of MS.” Try not to panic. Even though death can occasionally [more…]

Relieve MS Stress by Volunteering to Help Others

When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), sometimes helping someone else is the best way to take your mind off of what ails you. Many people remark on how much better they feel when they know they’re doing [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis and Stress: Find Your “MS-Free Zone”

If and when you start to feel as though multiple sclerosis (MS) is affecting every part of your life, you need to go on a treasure hunt. The prize is your MS-free zone — that part of you that MS just can’t [more…]

Living with MS: Maintain Your Quality of Life

In terms of multiple sclerosis (MS), the phrase “quality of life” means different things to different people. For example, what’s important in your life may differ from what’s important in someone else’s [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: What is Long-Term Care?

In regard to multiple sclerosis (MS), the term long-term care refers to a wide range of services designed to help you or a family member carry out daily life activities. These services run the gamut from [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Exploring Long-Term Care Options

Over the years, many, many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have asked, “Am I going to end up in a nursing home?” Like everyone else, you probably find the idea of long-term care to be really scary. [more…]

Tips for MS Care Partners

Particularly as a person’s multiple sclerosis (MS) progresses, the medical team’s focus will increasingly be on his or her medical, psychological, and social needs. So you may find yourself feeling “out [more…]

Talking About Your MS: Doctors Are Not Mind Readers

You’re a key player in your multiple sclerosis (MS) care. Neither the neurologic exam nor an MRI can tell the doctor everything that’s going on in your body. This means that even the most experienced of [more…]

Living with MS: Stay Connected with Other People

Whether or not you have multiple sclerosis, most social interactions are built around shared activities and interests. So, when MS challenges these activities, your social relationships may be challenged [more…]

Living with MS: Keep Your Self-Image Well-Polished

People with more advanced multiple sclerosis (MS) may begin to question their value to themselves and others. They may start to lose sight of who they are and what they have to offer as the disease takes [more…]

Talking About Your MS: Handling “How Are You?”

People ask the question “How are you?” many times a day, often without even thinking about it. However, now when you hear it, it may not feel like such a simple question any more. When someone asks you [more…]

Talking About Your MS: Fielding the “But You Look So Good!” Comment

Just when you’re hoping that the important people in your life get what you’re saying about your multiple sclerosis (MS), you’re likely to hear this very common response from family members, friends, and [more…]

Talking About Your MS: Responding to Unsolicited Advice

Whether you want it or not, you’re likely to get a lot of advice from people about multiple sclerosis (MS) and how to take care of yourself and manage your life. Many patients report that they’re always [more…]

Talking About Your MS: Silence Doesn’t Always Mean Someone Doesn’t Care

Sometimes people clam up when faced with an uncomfortable situation. For example, say you tell a good friend or colleague that you’ve been diagnosed with MS and you hear nothing from him or her but silence [more…]

Your MS is Part of You But Not All of You

If you become so preoccupied with your multiple sclerosis (MS) that it’s all you think or talk about, other people will follow your lead. They may happily talk about nothing but MS for a while, but eventually [more…]

Talking About Your MS: Disclosing to a Prospective Partner

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is typically diagnosed in the 20s, 30s, and 40s, when many people are looking for their significant others. Dating isn’t all that easy under the best of circumstances, so getting [more…]

MS Mobility Aids Can Aid More Than Just Your Mobility

Even though the decision to use a mobility aid is distressing for many people with multiple sclerosis (MS), using one is an effective way of letting the people around you know that you’re doing everything [more…]

Talking About Your MS: Communicating Your Needs

Even though you may feel like it some days, your multiple sclerosis (MS) isn’t written all over your face. Particularly if you’re dealing with any of the disease’s less visible symptoms, such as fatigue [more…]

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