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  1. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Prevention

    There is no way to prevent multiple sclerosis (MS) or its attacks. But certain medications can help delay disability and reduce relapses.

  2. Multiple Sclerosis: Benefits of Exercise - Topic Overview

    Exercise is an important part of home treatment for people who have multiple sclerosis (MS). It has benefits in both early and advanced stages of the disease. Regular exercise can help you: Maintain muscle strength and improve coordination.Maintain and increase endurance.Improve flexibility and range of limb motion.Improve cardiovascular fitness. Prevent pressure sores.Control weight.Reduce the likelihood of becoming constipated.Exercise can also promote a sense of well-being and improve your mood.A physical therapist can help you learn exercises and stretches to do at home to improve posture, strength, flexibility, and endurance. A physical or occupational therapist can also help you to:Plan more efficient movements for daily living activities (such as bathing and dressing) so that these activities are easier and less tiring. Improve balance and walking. Use walking aids (such as canes or walkers) correctly.There are also seated exercises for the person who cannot walk but can move

  3. Multiple Sclerosis and Geographic Location - Topic Overview

    The number of people who have multiple sclerosis (MS) increases the farther away they are from the equator. In areas near the equator,MS occurs in fewer than 1 out of 100,000 people. In areas farther from the equator-such as northern Europe and northern North America-MS occurs in around 30 to 80 out of 100,000 people. 1 When moving south of the equator,the number of people with MS is less ...

  4. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Cause

    The cause of multiple sclerosis (MS) is unknown. Because a person's risk of MS is slightly higher when a relative (especially a parent, sister, or brother) has MS, there may be a genetic link.

  5. Multiple Sclerosis: Mercury Dental Fillings - Topic Overview

    There is no evidence to support the claim that mercury from dental fillings is a factor in making MS symptoms worse. Any reduction of MS symptoms after removal of mercury amalgam fillings is most likely a coincidence and occurs because the person has entered a period of remission unrelated to the dental treatment. The placebo response in people who have MS may be as high as 70%,making it very ...

  6. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Other Treatment

    The unpredictability and variety of symptoms caused by multiple sclerosis (MS) make it a disease that people have tried to treat in many different ways.

  7. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Exams and Tests

    Diagnosing multiple sclerosis (MS) is not always easy. It may take some time from when symptoms first appear to confirm the diagnosis. MS is diagnosed when it is clear from neurological tests and a neurological examination that lesions are present in more

  8. Multiple Sclerosis: Pain Medicines - Topic Overview

    Pain is a frequent problem for people who have multiple sclerosis (MS). Medicines that may be used to bring relief include: Nonprescription pain relievers. These include acetaminophen (such as Tylenol),ibuprofen (such as Advil),and naproxen (such as Aleve). Baclofen (Lioresal). Carbamazepine (Tegretol). Phenytoin (Dilantin). Gabapentin (Neurontin). This drug may also help relieve muscle ...

  9. Multiple Sclerosis: Medicines for Muscle Stiffness and Tremors - Topic Overview

    Spasticity Several medicines may be used to treat muscle stiffness ( spasticity ) caused by multiple sclerosis (MS). Baclofen (Lioresal) is the drug of choice for spasticity. It is available in tablets or by delivery through a pump implanted in the lower spinal area. Pump delivery is effective for those with severe spasticity. Tizanidine (Zanaflex) is a drug similar to baclofen. It is ...

  10. Natalizumab for Multiple Sclerosis

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