If you have MS, you know that sometimes your top job is to fight back against pain. There are lots of ways to do this, and it doesn't always mean popping a pill. "We often start with non-medication approaches," says neurologist Alexander Rae-Grant, MD. Try these drug-free tactics first to keep pain
You may have heard some buzz about vitamin D and multiple sclerosis. There are some hopeful signs that it can ease your symptoms, but researchers still have a lot of work to do before we know for sure. "There's no perfect study," says Matthew McCoyd, MD, an MS specialist at Loyola University Medical
If you live in a state where it's legal and your doctor OKs it, medical marijuana might be an option to help treat some of your MS symptoms. Your doctor isn't likely to suggest you use it until you try other medicines first. He might recommend it if the treatments you take now aren't working.
When you have relapsing-remitting MS, you'll find that your symptoms come and go. You may have a flare-up that lasts a few days or more and then long stretches when you feel much better. But through it all, you'll likely be able to keep up with most of the things that are important to you. "Most pat
Managing your life with MS isn't just about dealing with the symptoms you have right now. It's about thinking through what could happen in future -- the possible effects on your job, family, and finances -- and preparing for them. Even if your symptoms are mild, planning can make you feel better and
There are four types: Relapsing-remitting. This is the most common form. You have flare-ups followed by periods without symptoms, called recovery. Primary-progressive. With this type, you do not get the ups and downs. Your symptoms get worse over time. Secondary-progressive. You get flares and recov
If you have a significant other, friend, or relative with multiple sclerosis (MS), you might know about some of the physical problems that can come with the disease. But chances are, that’s only part of what your loved one deals with. MS can cause invisible symptoms that can be tricky to talk about.
A variety of alternative and complementary treatments can help with MS symptoms like pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms. Research is still new, so they haven't been fully tested yet. But many people get relief from them.
In acupuncture, a professional inserts thin needles into specific points in you
You've got a lot going on in your daily world. Check out these ideas to get comfortable and stay on the move.
Finding the right shoe can make walking a lot easier. It can help you manage symptoms like muscle stiffness, numbness, and balance problems. "While there are plentiful options of shoes in th
Pack your bags and see the world! A little advance planning can make your vacation run smoothly. "I encourage patients to travel to all the places they want to visit," says Lily Jung-Henson, MD, a neurologist at Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle. "I have patients who've gone on safaris in Af