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    1. What Are the Side Effects of MS Treatments?

      You want to find the multiple sclerosis treatment that's right for you, so you’re weighing the benefits and side effects. It starts by getting to know what each MS drug does. "All of these medications, in one way or another, affect the immune system," says Thomas P. Leist, MD, director of the Jeffer

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    2. Is Multiple Sclerosis Different in Women?

      Anyone can get multiple sclerosis. But the disease has a gender gap that baffles experts. Two to three times as many women get MS at ages 20-40 as men the same ages do. Doctors don’t know why that is, though they have some theories. Hormones may be part of it, says Joseph Berger, MD, chief of the mu

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    3. How to Handle MS “Brain Fog”

      Have you noticed that simple things you used to do on auto-pilot, like making a pot of coffee, seem more complicated than they used to? It happens to a lot of people with MS. Often called “brain fog,” it can include forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, and confusion. The disease can affect your thi

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    4. Does Your Diet Affect Your MS?

      It’s natural to want to do anything you can to help tame your multiple sclerosis symptoms. You take your medicine and keep up with your doctor visits. Would it also make a difference to change what you eat? Although no diet is proven to give you relief, some nutrients may make a difference for bette

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    5. How to Treat and Prevent an MS Flare-Up

      With multiple sclerosis (MS), you'll have good days and bad days. You might feel fine for weeks or months, and then your symptoms suddenly get worse. Days when your old symptoms pop up again or new symptoms start are called relapses, attacks, or flare-ups. Everyone's flare-ups are different. Some ar

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    6. 5 Things Your Loved One Isn’t Telling You About MS

      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.

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    7. 8 Ways to Live Better With MS

      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

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    8. 10 Questions About Multiple Sclerosis

      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

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    9. Cool Clothes to Beat the Heat When You Have MS

      If those dog days of summer make your multiple sclerosis symptoms flare, it's time to make a fashion statement against the heat. Shop for the right clothes so you can keep cool and look great, too! "Most people with MS have heat sensitivity," says Barbara Giesser, MD, of the David Geffen UCLA School

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    10. Get Relief From Your Multiple Sclerosis Pain

      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

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