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Minimize the Impact of Multiple Sclerosis on Work and Play

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is generally a relapsing-remitting disease, which means that symptoms come and go in an unpredictable way. So, don't make big decisions about any major life activities in the middle [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis, Stem Cells, and the Body’s Natural Healing Process

The body has a natural capacity to heal some of the damage caused by multiple sclerosis (MS). For example, partial healing occurs following each MS relapse. [more…]

What Factors Might Trigger Multiple Sclerosis?

Most scientists agree that no single virus or bacterium causes multiple sclerosis (MS) all by itself. They have also concluded that no single thing in the environment or in a person’s diet is directly [more…]

Disease Courses and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Well over a decade ago, a group of multiple sclerosis (MS) specialists — researchers and clinicians — got together to develop a common language for talking about MS. The group identified the following [more…]

Treatment Options for Multiple Sclerosis

Because multiple sclerosis (MS) is so complex, treatment involves several different strategies. Here are snapshots of several steps you can take to feel and function up to snuff: [more…]

Immune and Nervous Systems Roles in Multiple Sclerosis

Even though multiple sclerosis (MS) is described as the most common neurologic disorder diagnosed in young adults, the problem doesn’t appear to originate with the nervous system. Instead, decades of research [more…]

Tools for Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis

To diagnose multiple sclerosis (MS), neurologists rely on a person’s medical history, the neurologic exam, and a variety of laboratory tests to help confirm the diagnosis and rule out other medical conditions [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis Diagnostic Criteria

One of the reasons that multiple sclerosis (MS) can be so difficult to diagnose is that neurologists (physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders) haven’t yet found [more…]

Emotional Reactions to a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Everyone’s initial reaction to getting a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis is going to be different. Whatever you’re experiencing, whether it’s shock, denial, anxiety, anger, or even relief [more…]

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…]

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