Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is an immune-mediated disease of the central nervous system. Get information here on MS symptoms, diagnosis, lifestyle tips, diet…
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A carefully planned morning routine gets thrown off when one detail is changed.
Losing control when I have a condition like multiple sclerosis (MS) is a devastating blow to my psyche.
Because of the way MS has affected my body and my ability to move independently, I have orchestrated every step I take, from when I get up, to when I use the toilet, and finally to when I brush my teeth.
When I Lose Control, It Can Feel Devastating
A carefully planned morning routine gets thrown off when one detail is changed. Losing control when I have a condition like multiple sclerosis (MS) is a devastating blow to my psyche. Because of the way MS has affected my body and my ability to move independently, I have orchestrated every step I take, from when I get up, to when I use the toilet, and finally to when I brush my teeth.
When the brain is altered by a disease such as MS, it shouldn’t be a surprise that other aspects of brain health can be compromised.
Mental Health Resources for People With MS
The brain is an amazing organ. The longer I live with multiple sclerosis (MS), and the more I study the disease, its effects, and our brains’ responses to the disease, the more amazed I am by it.
Multiple Sclerosis and Mental Health
When the brain is altered by a disease such as MS, it shouldn’t be a surprise that other aspects of brain health can be compromised. Mental Health Resources for People With MS The brain is an amazing organ. The longer I live with multiple sclerosis (MS), and the more I study the disease, its effects, and our brains’ responses to the disease, the more amazed I am by it.
Are your MS symptoms disrupting your sleep? Try these strategies for a more restful slumber.

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) — from spasticity to bladder problems to heat sensitivity — are prime examples of how MS often gets in the way of a good night’s sleep.

MS symptoms can disrupt sleep, but there are treatments to help you get a full night of rest. Sleep, Feeling Fatigued, Restless Legs, Restless Leg Syndrome, Good Night Sleep, Good Night, How Are You Feeling
How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep When You Have MS
Are your MS symptoms disrupting your sleep? Try these strategies for a more restful slumber. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) — from spasticity to bladder problems to heat sensitivity — are prime examples of how MS often gets in the way of a good night’s sleep. MS symptoms can disrupt sleep, but there are treatments to help you get a full night of rest.
The past few decades of multiple sclerosis (MS) research have led to a greater understanding of why some people develop this chronic autoimmune disease. 
Genetics and Family History Affect Your Risk
Common Viruses May Raise Your Risk of MS
Where You Live, Sun Exposure, and Vitamin D Levels May Make MS More Likely
Smoking Is Associated With an Increased Risk of MS
Childhood Obesity Could Be a Factor in the Development of MS
Gut Microbiome May Play a Role in MS Autoimmune Disease, Ms Symptoms, Childhood Obesity, Gut Microbiome, Central Nervous System, Vitamin D, Nervous System, Family History, Some People
Can You Prevent Multiple Sclerosis?
The past few decades of multiple sclerosis (MS) research have led to a greater understanding of why some people develop this chronic autoimmune disease. Genetics and Family History Affect Your Risk Common Viruses May Raise Your Risk of MS Where You Live, Sun Exposure, and Vitamin D Levels May Make MS More Likely Smoking Is Associated With an Increased Risk of MS Childhood Obesity Could Be a Factor in the Development of MS Gut Microbiome May Play a Role in MS
When new multiple sclerosis symptoms crop up or old ones get worse, you may be having an MS relapse.
Is It a Flare or a Pseudoexacerbation?
Symptoms of a Flare
How to Treat an MS Relapse
Can MS Relapses Be Prevented?
The signs and symptoms of an impending MS flare include virtually any of the possible symptoms caused by MS. They vary from person to person and from flare to flare. Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms, Nerve Fiber, Nerve Damage, Medical News, Brain Fog, Blood Test, Signs And Symptoms
How to Spot the Signs of an MS Flare
When new multiple sclerosis symptoms crop up or old ones get worse, you may be having an MS relapse. Is It a Flare or a Pseudoexacerbation? Symptoms of a Flare How to Treat an MS Relapse Can MS Relapses Be Prevented? The signs and symptoms of an impending MS flare include virtually any of the possible symptoms caused by MS. They vary from person to person and from flare to flare.
What It's Like to Have MS Bladder Problems
What I Do to Cope With Overactive Bladder
How I Cope With Neurogenic Bowel
Through trial and error, I’ve devised my own solutions to overactive bladder and neurogenic bowel.

Many of us with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) end up with bowel and bladder issues because, well, we have MS. These subjects, bowel and bladder, are not really talked about except with one’s gastroenterologist or neurologist. Coffee With Alcohol, Primary Care Doctor, Trial And Error, Primary Care, Health Blog, Subjects
Things Rarely Talked About: MS Bladder and Bowel Problems
What It's Like to Have MS Bladder Problems What I Do to Cope With Overactive Bladder How I Cope With Neurogenic Bowel Through trial and error, I’ve devised my own solutions to overactive bladder and neurogenic bowel. Many of us with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) end up with bowel and bladder issues because, well, we have MS. These subjects, bowel and bladder, are not really talked about except with one’s gastroenterologist or neurologist.
Could the new trend in weight loss drugs be good for MS?
During my recent trips to the United States, I couldn’t get away from discussion about one or another of the weight loss medications that seem to be all the rage. Just about everyone was either on one, thinking about going on one, or talking about someone who was. 
What Does Obesity Have to Do With MS?
Could Weight Loss Drugs Have Benefits for MS?
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Obesity Drugs and Multiple Sclerosis
Could the new trend in weight loss drugs be good for MS? During my recent trips to the United States, I couldn’t get away from discussion about one or another of the weight loss medications that seem to be all the rage. Just about everyone was either on one, thinking about going on one, or talking about someone who was. What Does Obesity Have to Do With MS? Could Weight Loss Drugs Have Benefits for MS? Repurposing Drugs for MS Not New
When road construction, or MS, slows us down, sometimes all we can do is enjoy the view.

Living in a small town of about 2,000 people, we don't have to contend with traffic all that much. Sure, when summer’s holidaymakers descend on our little peninsula, we’ve a few more cars than normal, but it’s nothing like the snarl of machinery and humanity I witnessed while in Seattle recently. Living In A Small Town, Golo Diet, Green Tea Diet, Mind Diet, Road Construction
Stuck in Traffic, and Stuck With Multiple Sclerosis
When road construction, or MS, slows us down, sometimes all we can do is enjoy the view. Living in a small town of about 2,000 people, we don't have to contend with traffic all that much. Sure, when summer’s holidaymakers descend on our little peninsula, we’ve a few more cars than normal, but it’s nothing like the snarl of machinery and humanity I witnessed while in Seattle recently.
Meeting up with old friends who knew me before MS was wonderful but also … odd.
A recent launch tour for my new book, Living Well With Multiple Sclerosis, has wrung me out physically, filled me up emotionally, and loaded my writing topics bag to overflowing.
One of the things that struck me pretty squarely was that among the hundreds of people who came out to hear about the new book, only four of them had known me before I became acquainted with the disease so many of us on the forum share, MS. Four Friends, Old Friendships, Writing Topics, Book Tour
‘Before MS’ Friends vs. ‘After MS’ Friends
Meeting up with old friends who knew me before MS was wonderful but also … odd. A recent launch tour for my new book, Living Well With Multiple Sclerosis, has wrung me out physically, filled me up emotionally, and loaded my writing topics bag to overflowing. One of the things that struck me pretty squarely was that among the hundreds of people who came out to hear about the new book, only four of them had known me before I became acquainted with the disease so many of us on the forum share, MS.
How Diet May Impact Inflammation in MS
When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), it’s important to follow a healthy diet. After all, your diet plays a significant role in your cardiovascular and overall health, both of which can have an impact on your MS symptoms and your daily function.

It’s unclear whether any food can directly counteract the inflammation associated with MS, but these foods may have indirect benefits. Ms Diet, The Nerve, Improve Cognitive Function, Dash Diet
8 Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Multiple Sclerosis
How Diet May Impact Inflammation in MS When you have multiple sclerosis (MS), it’s important to follow a healthy diet. After all, your diet plays a significant role in your cardiovascular and overall health, both of which can have an impact on your MS symptoms and your daily function. It’s unclear whether any food can directly counteract the inflammation associated with MS, but these foods may have indirect benefits.
MS: How Do We Define Its Beginning?
When does it start, and does it really matter?

Spring is a season of new beginnings. We plant seeds. The world awakens. Bulbs tended before autumn’s end begin to show themselves.

No doubt that springtime offers its challenges. It can also be the hungry months, as stored goods dwindle and the new season foods aren’t yet ready.

We may disagree on when spring begins, but we all know when it’s spring-like outside. Spring Begins, Does It Really Matter, Days In February
How MS Is Like Spring, and Also Not Like Spring
MS: How Do We Define Its Beginning? When does it start, and does it really matter? Spring is a season of new beginnings. We plant seeds. The world awakens. Bulbs tended before autumn’s end begin to show themselves. No doubt that springtime offers its challenges. It can also be the hungry months, as stored goods dwindle and the new season foods aren’t yet ready. We may disagree on when spring begins, but we all know when it’s spring-like outside.
From local MS groups to national and international organizations, hope and help are all around.
I was invited to speak at the annual general meeting of the South Dublin & East Wicklow Branch of Multiple Sclerosis Ireland. It was a long day, with an early flight up to Dublin, a lift from a friend to the meeting, and then a five-hour train ride home (as schedules didn’t allow for the faster, 45-minute flight). But it was such a rewarding day.
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Evidence That We’re Not Alone With MS
From local MS groups to national and international organizations, hope and help are all around. I was invited to speak at the annual general meeting of the South Dublin & East Wicklow Branch of Multiple Sclerosis Ireland. It was a long day, with an early flight up to Dublin, a lift from a friend to the meeting, and then a five-hour train ride home (as schedules didn’t allow for the faster, 45-minute flight). But it was such a rewarding day. So Many People Volunteer on Behalf of Those With MS
Like many MS symptoms, numbness or loss of sensation can have downstream effects.

Many of us living with multiple sclerosis (MS) are well aware of the experience of losing sensation. This symptom can range from feeling things less acutely, to the masking experience of pins-and-needles, all the way to numbness.

Like many aspects of my experience with MS, I have found there are knock-on effects of my reduced feeling. Can Mask
Beyond Numbness: Reduced Sensation Can Have Major Consequences
Like many MS symptoms, numbness or loss of sensation can have downstream effects. Many of us living with multiple sclerosis (MS) are well aware of the experience of losing sensation. This symptom can range from feeling things less acutely, to the masking experience of pins-and-needles, all the way to numbness. Like many aspects of my experience with MS, I have found there are knock-on effects of my reduced feeling.
What Causes Disability Progression in MS?
In active MS, lesions form in the brain and sometimes the spinal cord.
Disease Course of MS Is Unpredictable
Treatment Is Recommended for People With Active MS
Medication Is ‘One Piece of the Puzzle’ in MS Treatment
Work With Your Doctor to Find an MS Treatment Plan That Fits You
In many chronic conditions, the way the disease will progress over months or years is relatively predictable. But that’s not the case with multiple sclerosis (MS). Honey, Spinal Cord, Chronic Condition, The Brain, Disease, Brain
What Happens if Multiple Sclerosis Goes Untreated?
What Causes Disability Progression in MS? In active MS, lesions form in the brain and sometimes the spinal cord. Disease Course of MS Is Unpredictable Treatment Is Recommended for People With Active MS Medication Is ‘One Piece of the Puzzle’ in MS Treatment Work With Your Doctor to Find an MS Treatment Plan That Fits You In many chronic conditions, the way the disease will progress over months or years is relatively predictable. But that’s not the case with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Certain traits and acquired knowledge help me get through a day with multiple sclerosis. Does that make me different?

My speech therapist calls me a multiple sclerosis (MS) outlier based on observation and on anecdotal reports from me. Let me tell you what I told her.

People with MS typically have a lot in common, but each person also has some traits that set them apart. Memory Problems, Speech Therapist, More Energy, I Can Tell, Low Energy, Energy Level
Am I an MS ‘Outlier’?
Certain traits and acquired knowledge help me get through a day with multiple sclerosis. Does that make me different? My speech therapist calls me a multiple sclerosis (MS) outlier based on observation and on anecdotal reports from me. Let me tell you what I told her. People with MS typically have a lot in common, but each person also has some traits that set them apart.