Be your own healthcare advocate

By: Cherie C. BinnsWe are often told that we need to advocate for ourselves when it comes to our healthcare. What does that mean and how do we go about that? There are a number of factors involved in advocating for yourself. Knowledge of your body, your response to medications, diet, exercise, stress are all key in being a believable and adequate self-advocate.
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A SLP and MS patient success story

By: Matt CavalloTo expand on how SLPs can help people living with MS, I wanted to share a personal story of how a SLP helped me recover from my cervical fusion.
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Running on Empty: Dealing with Fatigue

By: Ben Thrower, M.D.Fatigue is one of the most common and most bothersome symptoms experienced by people with MS; the word itself – fatigue – does not adequately express the magnitude of the problem.
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Beyond the Court and Beyond MS

By: Marianly H. PrimmerEric Pierce grips the tennis ball in his hand, throws it and swings his tennis racket, sending the ball across the court with a menacing stroke. “It just feels like home,” Eric said.
Life With MS

Sleep Apnea and MS

By: Tiffany Braley, M.D.If you have MS, chances are that you have experienced at least some problems with your sleep. Up to 60 percent of people with MS experience at least one sleep disturbance.
Health & Wellness, Men

My Story: Sometimes it Takes Strength to Stop

By: Dan DigmannI promised my loving wife, Jennifer, I would never do it again, but my left foot made me a liar. I’m sure she cried as another strange car pulled into the driveway and dropped me off at our home. As I walked through the front door with my face covered in blood, she knew what I had done.
Life With MS, Family-Friends

8 Great Reasons for Keeping Up with Your Dental Care

By: Gay FalkowskiWhen you’ve got a whole lot of MS symptoms to manage, it can be difficult to keep up with everyday good hygiene routines such as brushing your teeth and flossing. Here are just some of the reasons good oral hygiene habits and regular visits to the dentist should be an essential part of your overall healthcare plan.
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Speech Language Pathology and MS

By: Matt CavalloSpeech-language pathologists work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Speech problems, cognitive issues and swallowing disorders are all common with MS. However, most of us living with the disease don’t know the benefits to working with a SLP. Let’s look at the different ways in which speech disorders can affect a person living with MS and how SLPs can help.
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6 Ways to Change the Focus

By: Gay FalkowskiAfter an MS diagnosis, it’s common to be focused primarily on finding an effective treatment therapy and learning to manage symptoms. This process can require lots of time and attention as you try to discover what works best for you. However, over time, a wider focus may be needed to encompass all the changes MS can bring. On the brighter side, focusing on other aspects of your life may help you find new ways to improve your quality of life. Here are some areas to consider when you’re ready to change the focus.
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MS and Tai Chi

By: Matt CavalloTai chi, an ancient Chinese tradition that was originally a form of self-defense, has been transformed into a form of exercise that is considered good for people of all ages and fitness levels. Tai Chi is a series of slow movements combined with deep breathing. If you have MS and have tried yoga, but struggle to hold some of the poses, then you may want to try Tai Chi.
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30 Ways to be Visible

By: Gay FalkowskiYour MS can be invisible to others – even the worst symptoms can’t always be seen – but its effect on your life doesn’t have to be invisible too. When you say or do things that bring attention to the disease, and especially how it affects you, MS awareness grows. Here are 30 different ways to “be visible” all year long.
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MS, Depression and mental health professionals

By: Matt CavalloI wanted to learn more about medical professionals who treat depression. Physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners are trained to identify depression in their patients, and in some cases, treat it. However, once a person is identified as suffering from a possible depressive disorder they are often referred to a medical professional who specializes in mental illness.
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4 Dietary Changes that May Help Relieve Some of Your MS Symptoms

By: Gay FalkowskiThroughout the years, many special diets have been proposed as a way to treat and, in some cases, cure multiple sclerosis. None of the claims associated with these diets have been scientifically proven, though research on the relationship between food and MS continues. In the meantime, many MS experts advise those with MS to follow a low-fat, high-fiber diet similar to the one recommended by the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Here are four healthy dietary changes you may want to consider on your journey to better living with MS.
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MS and Hearing Problems

By: Matt CavalloDo you have multiple sclerosis and suffer from hearing problems? While not as common as symptoms like numbness, tingling, blurry vision and difficulties walking, hearing problems have been reported by people living with MS.
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Emotions and MS: 5 Ways to Develop Resilience

By: Gay FalkowskiJust as multiple sclerosis affects the physical health of each person in different ways, it also affects the emotional health of each person in different ways. Sadness, fear, happiness, anger, anxiety, contentment – all of these and more are feelings you may experience while living with MS. It is important to realize emotions are neither “right” nor “wrong,” and there is no “right” way to feel while coping with all the uncertainty – and the changes – that follow an MS diagnosis.
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MS and Breathing Problems

By: Matt CavalloDo you have multiple sclerosis and suffer from breathing problems? While it is not as common as symptoms like numbness, tingling, blurry vision and difficulties walking, breathing problems do occur with people living with MS. What do you do if you are experiencing breathing problems? Here are five strategies to help manage overall lung function with MS.
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3 Topics to Discuss with the Gynecologist on your Healthcare Team

By: Gay FalkowskiIf you are a woman with multiple sclerosis, a gynecologist is an essential member of your healthcare team, one who can address preventative care as well as female health issues affected by MS. Your healthcare needs related to gynecology will differ depending on your stage of life and how MS has affected you, but discussing the following topics with your gynecologist will help you better understand how to stay your healthiest and the options available to treat complications related to MS.
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Streamline Your Daily Activities with MS

By: Matt CavalloMultiple sclerosis has been compared to an iceberg because 90 percent of the disease activity may be hiding under the surface and not visible to the naked eye. This is especially true with cognition and fatigue. If your energy levels are low or your memory becomes foggy, doing even simple daily chores and activities can be more challenging. Here are five tips to keep you on track without feeling overwhelmed.
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Our MS Superheroes Five unforgettable Tales of people fighting against MS

By: MSF staffForget Spiderman, Batman and the Avengers. We offer you real heroes fighting multiple sclerosis every day and contributing to the larger MS community. As part of the 2015 National MS Education and Awareness Month®, and with your help, the MSF set out to find them. And you came through. Dozens of worthy nominations were made in the MS Superhero Awards, making it difficult to pick just three winners.
Life With MS, Family-Friends

AT Makes Cruising Smoother for Travelers with Disabilities

By: MSFocus staffDuring the past decade, hundreds of people with MS have discovered the joy of cruising with the Foundation aboard our annual MSF Cruise for a Cause®. For many of them, assistive technology has not only made the trip possible, but it has also made the journey much smoother.
Life With MS