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Multiple Sclerosis and Bladder Problems

Approximately 80 to 90 percent of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience a problem with bladder function at one point or another. Given how early toilet training happens in life, it isn’t too surprising [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis and Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infection (UTI), an infection in one or more of the structures in the urinary system, is a common problem in multiple sclerosis (MS). It is so common, in fact, that this is one of the first [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis and Bowel Problems

When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), you may be bothered by problems with bowel or bladder control. Like bladder control, bowel control depends on a healthy nervous system in which nerve signals flow [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Develop a Regular Bowel Regimen

Because bowel complications are so common with multiple sclerosis (MS), the keys to comfortable bowel management are preventing the problems in the first place and developing a regular bowel regimen. But [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis and Sex: Physical Complications

Understanding how multiple sclerosis (MS) effects your body can help you learn to work around your symptoms and continue having a healthy sex life. When everything goes smoothly, sex can feel pretty easy [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis and Sex: Emotional Complications

Whether or not you have multiple sclerosis (MS), today’s culture is filled with many loud and clear attitudes about sex. Everyone is supposed to be young, healthy, thin, and sexually alluring. No flab, [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Let’s Talk About Sex

Sexual changes are actually pretty common in multiple sclerosis (MS). Approximately 85 percent of men report at least occasional problems, with the most common being getting or maintaining an erection. [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis and Sex: Help for Men

If you’re a guy and you have multiple sclerosis (MS), you’re probably wondering what you can do to treat the different sexual changes that can happen because of the disease. [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis and Sex: Help for Women

If you’re a woman dealing with sexual changes due to your multiple sclerosis (MS), we’ll go ahead and get the bad news out of the way first: There’s no magic bullet. Although the manufacturers of Viagra [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Tips for Keeping Your Sex Life Healthy

If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), those symptoms may be getting in the way of your sex life. If this is the case, do what you need to do to take care of them. Consider the following problems [more…]

Relief for Painful Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

When seeking relief for primary or secondary pain symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), the key is to find the right medication, taken at the right level, that provides the most relief without causing too [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Sensory Symptoms and Pain

Multiple sclerosis (MS) can cause many different kinds of sensory changes, most of which are annoying and uncomfortable but not serious. In other words, you may hate them but they don’t indicate big-time [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Speech and Voice Problems

Normal speech and voice quality depend on complex messaging in the central nervous system. When multiple sclerosis (MS) is part of the equation, nerve impulses can’t always travel where they need to go [more…]

Recognizing Signs of Depression in Multiple Sclerosis

Depression differs from normal grieving you may experience with multiple sclerosis (MS). But differentiating between the two on a day-to-day basis can be difficult because some of the feelings are similar [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis and Depression

Depression is common in multiple sclerosis (MS) — significantly more common, in fact, than in the general population or in people with other chronic diseases. More than 50 percent of people with MS will [more…]

The Goldman Consensus Statement on Depression in Multiple Sclerosis

Following review and approval by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s National Clinical Advisory Board, the “Goldman Consensus Statement on Depression in MS” was published in 2005 in the journal [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis and Moodiness

Moodiness is by far the most common emotional change seen in people with MS. Even though these mood shifts are much less intense than the mood swings seen in [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: How to Deal with Uncontrollable Laughing or Crying

Pseudobulbar affect (PBA), which is a complicated name for uncontrollable episodes of laughing or crying, can occur in MS and other neurological conditions. PBA is thought to result from damage in the [more…]

Thinking and Memory Problems in Multiple Sclerosis

For many people, the idea that MS can affect the way they think is the most frightening aspect of this disease. “I can handle the physical symptoms, just don’t mess with my mind” is a pretty common refrain [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Do I Need a Cognitive Evaluation?

Research studies on cognitive function in multiple sclerosis (MS) have demonstrated that as many as 50 to 66 percent of people will experience some cognitive changes over the course of the disease. Taking [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: What to Expect with a Cognitive Evaluation

For multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, the cognitive evaluation is a series of tests (generally referred to as a test battery, which includes paper-and-pencil items and puzzles of various types) that’s [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

CAM, short for complementary and alternative medicine, includes the substances or therapies that a person with multiple sclerosis (MS) chooses to use along with the treatments prescribed by his or her [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Do Alternative Treatments Really Help?

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a mixed bag of goodies: Some treatments are beneficial, some won’t hurt you but won’t do much good either, and some are out-and-out dangerous. In the face [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Herbs, Vitamins, and Other Options

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS) come in many varieties, including those that are swallowed, injected, infused, or inhaled. For example, take a look at [more…]

Treating Multiple Sclerosis with Exercise, Prayer, and Other Options

Some forms of complementary and alternative treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS) involve activities that you can do on you own or in groups. For example, consider these activities: [more…]


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