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How an MRI Helps to Confirm an MS Diagnosis

No one test can absolutely detect multiple sclerosis (MS), but certain tests including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to help confirm the diagnosis. The scan is a highly-sensitive, non-invasive [more…]

Clinically Isolated Syndrome and Multiple Sclerosis

Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) can indicate the possibility of multiple sclerosis (MS), but it can’t be used solo as a tool to diagnose it. CIS is a first clinical episode lasting at least 24 hours [more…]

Minimize the Effect of Your MS on Your Loved Ones

Getting diagnosed with MS has ripple effects — when one person in a family is diagnosed with MS, the entire family is affected by it. Even though the symptoms are yours, your loved ones share everything [more…]

Tests that Confirm an MS Diagnosis

No further tests are technically required to make a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis when a patient’s medical history and neurologic exam provide evidence of two episodes of demyelination that are separated [more…]

Alternatives to MS Corticosteroid Treatment

Corticosteroids aren’t the answer for every person or for every MS relapse. Here are some other options for managing relapses: [more…]

Feel Confident about Your MS Treatment Decisions

Any good multiple sclerosis (MS) doctor will tell you that treating MS is as much an art as it is a science — in other words, it’s more creative problem-solving than hard-and-fast rules. Getting a handle [more…]

Next Steps after an MS Diagnosis

Following a major life change like being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), figuring out what to do next can be tricky. Some people worry so much about making the right choices that they find it difficult [more…]

Healthy Grieving after an MS Diagnosis

If you have recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), it is important to give yourself time and space to grieve. You may be asking “What’s grieving got to do with it? I’m still here. MS isn’t [more…]

How to Live with the Unpredictability of MS

The hard truth about multiple sclerosis (MS) is that it may be difficult to predict from morning to night (let alone from one week, month, or year to the next) how you’re likely to feel. [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Where to Turn for Professional Help

When you’re facing a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis, several key players can help you identify your options and support your decision-making efforts along the way. First and foremost on this list are [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: How to Minimize Decision-Making Stress

When you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic illness like multiple sclerosis (MS), getting comfortable with the decision-making process and with the decisions you end up making is important to living comfortably [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Reaching Out for Emotional Support

In addition to the support you get from family and friends when you’re diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), you can look to other sources of support as well. Other people living with MS can be helpful [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Helpful Resources for a Recent Diagnosis

If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), you may be wondering “So what do I do now?” Because emotions can kick in quickly, whatever words the doctor said after [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Find a Neurologist with the Qualities You Value

Because your relationship with your multiple sclerosis (MS) doctor will be a long and personal one (you may be discussing oh-so-comfortable subjects like leaky bladders and flagging sex lives), finding [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Establish a Pattern of Routine Care

After a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis has been confirmed, and you and your neurologist have decided on a course of treatment, the next step is to establish a pattern for your routine care. Most MS [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: When to Call in the MS Specialist

If no multiple sclerosis (MS) specialist is available in your insurance plan or in your geographic area, you may be relying on your family doctor or a general neurologist for your routine care. However [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Get a Second Opinion

Even those people who are seeing a multiple sclerosis (MS) specialist sometimes feel the need to get a second opinion. And MS specialists would be the first to acknowledge how much of MS care is a combination [more…]

Mental Health Help with Multiple Sclerosis

As with many other situations in life, your attitude is essential when starting life with multiple sclerosis (MS). Feisty, determined, and stubborn are all good qualities to bring to the table. Making [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Who’s on Your Team?

In addition to your neurologist and primary care physician, a number of health professionals may become involved in helping you manage life with multiple sclerosis [more…]

Rehabilitation Recommendations for Multiple Sclerosis

The National Clinical Advisory Board of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society developed a consensus statement concerning the role of rehabilitation in MS care. The document provides guidance to [more…]

Use Multiple Strategies to Manage Multiple Sclerosis

It wasn’t very long ago that treatment options for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) were nonexistent. Patients diagnosed with MS were told to just go home and learn to live with it. Dr. Labe Scheinberg [more…]

Take Care of Your General Health When You Have MS

All of the multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment strategies in the world won’t do you a bit of good if you neglect your overall health. A word to the wise: MS can take up so much of your attention and your [more…]

Assistive Technology in Multiple Sclerosis Treatment

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that’s likely to progress over time. Even with optimal use of the available treatment strategies, there’s still no magic bullet. Most people can expect to experience [more…]

Create Your Own Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Template

Given all the treatment strategies you’re likely to need over the course of your multiple sclerosis (MS), you’re probably wondering how to figure out what to do and when you should do it. Of course, your [more…]

Early Treatment Can Slow Multiple Sclerosis Progression

Managing multiple sclerosis (MS) is a little like managing an unruly toddler — sometimes figuring out who’s winning is difficult, but it’s up to you to do everything you can to maintain control. Even before [more…]

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