Understanding Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex disease that's both difficult to understand and to live with. If you want answers, you'll find them on the Web. The nation's top MS research foundations, clinics, support networks, and health sites provide extensive information on the background of the disease, treatment options, coping, research, and much more. Use this guide to increase your understanding of MS, and become proactive in caring for yourself or your loved one.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system that, according to the Mayo Clinic ... read more »
The signs and symptoms of MS vary wildly, not only from individual to individual, but from day to ... read more »
Unfortunately MS is a progressive, chronic disease, meaning it gets worse over time, and there are ... read more »
Multiple sclerosis patients can live long lives, but the degenerative nature of the disease and its symptoms often have a profound effect on the day-to-day conduct of a patient's life. Use information on the following sites to learn about and prepare for the difficulties, obstacles, and hurdles you might face.
- For many people, part of coping with a chronic disease is connecting with others who have the same disease and similar experiences. Many association sites offer newsletters and support groups-it may be worth your while to sign up and get involved.
- Chronic illness like MS affects not only the person diagnosed, but his family, too. Encourage your family members and friends to use the Web to learn more about MS and how they can help.
- YouTube contains several video diaries from MS sufferers, such as this one from user kwazykelli explaining what it's like to live with MS. Professionally produced videos about MS can also be found, including one entitled, "Faces of MS," produced by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. It offers insight into the lives of those afflicted by MS.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
provides this section called "Living with MS" that includes an article, "For People Newly Diagnosed." It reviews topics such as how to tell other people about your diagnosis, how to answer questions about MS, numerous frequently asked questions, and available treatments.
The Accelerated Cure Project
provides this 24-page brochure in PDF format called "So, You Have Multiple Sclerosis...What's Next?" The brochure reviews the symptoms, where best to get information about MS, different treatments (including alternative treatments), and living with MS. This last section discusses MS and your family, working with MS, and tips for planning for the future.
has a portal with information on the emotional aspects of living with MS. Learn about reducing stress and how to relax to keep your body from becoming physically stressed.
The Multiple Sclerosis Learning Center
offers this page on how to live with MS in the summer and maintain a cool body temperature. There are also links on topics like exercise, fatigue, and managing pain with MS.
has information on being a parent with multiple sclerosis. It reviews the special physical challenges you may face as a parent and provides practical tips for solving some of these problems.
Multiple Sclerosis Decisions
is a site for people in the United Kingdom who have multiple sclerosis. It's a tool to help you make decisions about your treatment and management of MS.
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