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Effective Parenting: Balancing Family and MS

By: Peggy Crawford, PhD

The demands of either MS or parenting can be challenging, but when experienced together, it is not unusual for people to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Add to this, unpredictable and fluctuating MS symptoms that can interfere with fun activities and make it difficult to carry out your daily responsibilities (even disciplining your children). The good news is that there is a lot you can do to limit the impact of your symptoms on your life and the lives of people you love.

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Travel Tips with Multiple Sclerosis

By: Juliann Hanson-Zlatev, OTR & Amanda Rohrig, PT, DPT

The spring/summer travel season is fast approaching!! What are your plans? Perhaps attending a family reunion, dipping your toes in the surf and sand, or traveling to that “bucket list” location you have so long wanted to enjoy are your summer travel goals? Maybe you just want to relax and “get away from it all” with the family, or use up your well-earned vacation time from work? Wait no longer… CAN travel. With a little knowledge, preparation and planning, your travel aspirations can become a reality.

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Rebounding from an MS Relapse

By: Gail Hartley, MSN, NP, MSCN & Susan Kushner, MS, PT

Just like the disease itself, relapses and recovery in MS can be highly variable. You may have a mild exacerbation or one that may require numerous changes for you. No matter the extent of relapse, it is possible for you to maintain an exercise program during and after recovery.

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Staying Vertical: Reduce Risk for Falls

By: Ann Mullinix, OTR/L & Kathy San Martino, PT, NCS, MSCS, CLT, ATP

Are falls an integral part of your MS experience? They don’t need to be. Are you afraid of falling, and therefore, avoid activities? Do people tell you you’re overestimating your abilities and being unsafe?

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Getting the Most Out of Your Medical Visit

By: David Rintell, EdD & Lynn Stazzone, RN, BSN, MSN, NP

Stay healthier by becoming an active member of your own healthcare team! Multiple sclerosis is a complex neurological disease which often changes over time. There are now many treatments which can modify the disease, called DMTs or disease modifying treatments. There are also many treatments which help to improve or alleviate symptoms. Although the new treatment options are hopeful, understanding all of the potential benefits and risks to these treatments can sometimes be overwhelming.

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For Women With MS: Making Decisions About Pregnancy, Breastfeeding & More

By: Elizabeth Salas, MPH, Teratology Information Specialist, MotherToBaby California

If you have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and are currently pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning a pregnancy, where do you go when you have questions about MS or MS treatments? In this day and age, the first place you might go is the Internet. With no shortage of information at our fingertips, it may seem the answers to all of our questions are just a web search away. But when it comes to chronic conditions and treatments in pregnancy, reliable and accurate information isn’t always easy to find, and the answers may not be so simple. So let’s try a different approach, shall we? First, let’s start with the facts!

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Healthy Eating & Multiple Sclerosis

By: Aliza Ben-Zacharia, ANP, DNP, MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease which affects the function of the brain, spinal cord and/or the nerves to the eyes. Many patients who suffer from MS look for ways to improve and increase their quality of lives. Good nutrition is among the cornerstones of health-promotion activities. Maintaining a balanced diet and exercising regularly are essential for promoting wellness and well-being and enhancing quality of life.

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Update Your Outlook on Progressive MS

By: Rosalind Kalb, PhD & Patricia Kennedy, RN, CNP, MSCN

The words “progressive MS” can set off alarm bells. No one wants to hear that his or her MS is, or has become, progressive. The term “progressive MS” applies to different aspects of the disease, and it helps to know how it is being used. Approximately 85% of people are initially diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting MS. At some point in their disease course, typically after 10-15 years, relapses become less frequent or stop occurring completely, the disease progresses more consistently but not necessarily more rapidly, and changes in function become more pronounced.

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Pain: A Common and Complex Symptom

By: Deborah Miller, PhD, LISW

Pain is a common and complex symptom for people living with multiple sclerosis. Creating and maintaining strategies for managing pain is an important component of wellness.

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