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Multiple Sclerosis

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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…]

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment: Oral Medication

Gilenya (fingolimod) — the first oral medication for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) — has been shown in clinical trials to reduce the frequency of clinical relapses, to delay the accumulation [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment: Neutralizing Antibodies

Some — but not all — multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who take one of the interferon beta medications (Avonex, Betaseron, Extavia, or Rebif) develop a form of antibody known as a [more…]

Injectable MS Medication: Copaxone vs. the Interferon Betas

The good news is that many first-line treatment options are available to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) — and more are being developed. The challenge is that with more options, you have more considerations [more…]

Strategies for Assembling Your MS Care Team

After you’re diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), your primary care physician or neurologist may or may not be willing to be your overall healthcare team manager. If not, it’s up to you to assemble [more…]

Tysabri as Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

Tysabri (natalizumab) is a laboratory-produced monoclonal antibody used for treating multiple sclerosis (MS). It works by preventing potentially damaging immune cells in the bloodstream from crossing the [more…]

Tysabri and PML: A Rare But Serious MS Treatment Complication

A small percentage of people taking then drug Tysabri as a treatment medication for multiple sclerosis (MS) may develop progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy [more…]

Novantrone as Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

The FDA approved Novantrone to treat people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) that’s rapidly getting worse, as well as people with progressive-relapsing or secondary-progressive MS. Novatrone [more…]

A Word about Progressive Forms of Multiple Sclerosis

If you’ve been diagnosed with primary-progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), or your MS has become secondary-progressive without any more relapses, it is likely that you’re impatiently waiting to hear what [more…]

How to Manage Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Relapses

Most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) — except those with primary-progressive MS — experience relapses (also called attacks, exacerbations, or flares [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Corticosteroid Treatment for Acute Relapses

Given that most relapses gradually get better on their own, you’re probably wondering how your doctor decides whether to treat a relapse or not. Here’s the bottom line answer: In general, neurologists [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Carefully Consider Benefits and Risks of Disease-Modifying Therapies

Each disease-modifying therapy (DMT) used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) has its advantages and disadvantages and each comes with potential benefits and risks. The medications that have the [more…]

Comprehensive MS Treatment Centers

Currently, you can find quite a few multiple sclerosis (MS) specialty centers around the country, each offering some variation on this ideal arrangement. The Consortium of MS Centers [more…]

Injectable Multiple Sclerosis Medications: Overview

Avonex, Betaseron, Extavia, Rebif, and Copaxone are the five injectable medications available for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Each of them primarily targets inflammation in the central nervous [more…]

Immune-Suppressing Drugs for MS Treatment

A variety of immunosuppressants are currently used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). Even though the FDA hasn’t approved their specific use in MS, the following immunosuppressants are used by some neurologists [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment: Set Realistic Expectations for DMTs

To help you maintain control of your multiple sclerosis (MS), your doctor may recommend a medication that have been shown to slow or modify the disease course [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis and Mobility Aids

If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), you may begin to develop problems with walking and mobility. When that happens, your best strategy is to think in terms of maximizing your mobility, even if your walking [more…]

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