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    1. Multiple Sclerosis: Alternative Treatments - 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 ...

    2. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

      Other medicines or treatment methods being studied for use in treating multiple sclerosis (MS) include: Myelin look-alikes. The success of glatiramer (Copaxone),which was designed to resemble natural myelin protein,has led to more research in this area. So far,no other myelin look-alike has shown as much promise as glatiramer. Myelin protectors. Ways to repair and restore damaged myelin ...

    3. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

      Medications used to treat fatigue caused by multiple sclerosis (MS) include: Amantadine (Symmetrel). This medication generally has few side effects. When they do occur,they may include dry mouth,blurred vision,urinary retention,fluid retention,and rash. Fluoxetine (Prozac). This antidepressant may help reduce fatigue in some people with MS. ...

    4. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

      Assistive devices are tools that help you hold objects,open and close doors,transfer weight while shifting positions,or walk. They assist you by making certain daily activities easier to perform if you have any degree of physical disability related to multiple sclerosis (MS). Assistive devices can help you with daily activities such as bathing,grooming,dressing,walking or otherwise being ...

    5. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

      Bladder and urination problems are common in people who have multiple sclerosis (MS). When a new problem develops,tests may be done to make sure that a condition other than MS is not causing the problem and to decide on the best treatment. The following are tests commonly used to evaluate problems with the urinary tract: Urinalysis or urine culture Measurement of urine retained after normal ...

    6. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

      Cognitive impairment problems can be caused by multiple sclerosis (MS) and may include difficulty with: Memory,especially short-term memory. Problem solving. Keeping attention on a mental task,such as a math calculation. Finding the right words to express yourself. These problems are often quite mild early in the course of the disease. But they may get worse with time,depending on the ...

    7. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

      Finding out that you have multiple sclerosis (MS) can be frightening. Even if you know a lot about MS,it is hard to predict how the disease will affect you. Some questions you might ask include the following: Will I have to use a wheelchair? MS affects how nerves in your brain and spinal cord communicate with each other. If your MS attacks the nerves that control your muscles (especially in ...

    8. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

      Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects different people in different ways. For people who have only mild symptoms from time to time,the disease may not have much impact on their everyday lives. People with more severe MS have frequently recurring or ongoing symptoms and may become disabled within a few years. Most people with MS are between these extremes. For them,MS involves a series of attacks ...

    9. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

      An MRI scan is the best way to locate multiple sclerosis (MS) lesions (also called plaques) in the brain or spinal cord. An MRI scan shows multiple brain lesions in more than 90% of people who have MS. 1 But abnormal MRI results do not always mean that you have MS. Abnormalities show up on scans from many illnesses other than MS. An abnormal finding on an MRI scan alone is not enough to ...

    10. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

      Depression is the most common mental health problem in people who have multiple sclerosis (MS). It may result from having a chronic disease or may be a side effect of certain MS medicines,such as interferon betas. Depression may be treated with: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs),such as fluoxetine (Prozac) or sertraline (Zoloft). These medicines may also make the person more ...

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