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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…]

Practitioner-Based CAM Treatment Options for Multiple Sclerosis

Although few complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments have been studied in large controlled trials, enough small studies have been done with some of the treatments to indicate which ones [more…]

Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI) in Multiple Sclerosis

In 2009, Dr. Paolo Zamboni — a vascular surgeon in Ferrara, Italy — introduced a phenomenon called chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) to the MS world. Following a study of 65 people with [more…]

Treatment Options for Cognitive Problems in Multiple Sclerosis

A majority of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) will experience some cognitive changes over the course of the disease. Even though the severity of these changes can vary from mild to quite severe, the [more…]

Exercise Options for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Even with symptoms that present physical challenges, people with multiple sclerosis (MS) can enjoy a wide variety of activities. You don’t have to be a great athlete to get physical. Here are some that [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Exercise with Comfort and Safety

Whether you have multiple sclerosis or not, the goal of exercise is to feel and function better. But for those who do have MS, the familiar “no pain, no gain” philosophy doesn’t apply — there’s no need [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Health and Wellness Success Tips

Even if you don’t have multiple sclerosis (MS), modifying your behavior in ways that will enhance your health and wellness is never easy. Anyone who has made a New Year’s resolution knows how challenging [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Practical Strategies for Managing Cognitive Challenges

For people with multiple sclerosis (MS) there’s no substitute for working with a specialist to identify and design effective strategies to compensate for cognitive challenges. Here are some common-sense [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Enhance Your Wellness by Paying Attention to the Whole You

You can most definitely be well even though you have multiple sclerosis (MS). Wellness is all about feeling the best you possibly can — physically, emotionally, and spiritually. You can achieve wellness [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Protect Your Health with Routine Checkups

Even though multiple sclerosis (MS) is definitely enough for any one person to have to handle, it doesn’t protect you from other health problems. Although some people with MS report that they get fewer [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Make Healthy Eating a Priority

Unfortunately, you can’t eat your way around multiple sclerosis (MS). Even though a variety of special diets have been promoted as MS cures, none have been shown in controlled trials to alter the course [more…]

Improve Your MS and Overall Wellness with Exercise

Even though it wasn’t all that long ago that people with MS were told not to exercise, things have changed. Here’s the basic message: Exercise is good for you. Physical activity geared to your abilities [more…]

Multiple Sclerosis: Barriers to Healthy Eating

Being alert to some of the ways that multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms can interfere with healthy eating can help you stay on track. Even with the best of intentions, maintaining good eating habits can [more…]

Explaining Your MS to Others (or Not)

You probably thought that dealing with your own feelings about being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) was hard enough. Well, guess what? You have to deal with everyone else’s feelings as well. [more…]

What is the Relationship Between Stress and Multiple Sclerosis?

Research suggests that the various types of stress may interact with multiple sclerosis (MS) in different and sometimes contradictory ways. Even though people use the term stress a lot — “I’m so stressed” [more…]


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