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    1. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

      Multiple sclerosis (MS) can cause sexual problems that may be helped by medication. Men may have difficulty achieving or sustaining an erection,and women may have problems with lubrication. Both men and women may have a low sex drive. Sildenafil (Viagra) has been reported to improve sexual problems for men and women who have MS. 1 Other medications that may improve erectile dysfunction ...

    2. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

      Generally,multiple sclerosis (MS) follows one of four courses: Relapsing-remitting,where you have alternating periods of active disease when symptoms flare up and periods when symptoms fade. This cycle can occur for many years. The disease does not advance during the remissions. Secondary progressive,where active symptoms of MS become steadily progressive,with ongoing damage to the ...

    3. Evoked Potential Test for Multiple Sclerosis

      An evoked potential test measures the time it takes for nerves to respond to stimulation. The size of the response is also measured. Nerves from different areas of the body may be tested. Types of responses are:Visual evoked response or potential (VER or VEP), which is when the eyes are stimulated by looking at a test pattern.Auditory brain stem evoked response or potential (ABER or ABEP), which .

    4. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Multiple Sclerosis: Should I Start Taking Medicines for MS?

    5. 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 ...

    6. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

      A person with multiple sclerosis (MS) may have difficulty emptying the bladder completely, because the muscle that helps to retain urine cannot relax (a form of spasticity).Sometimes urination can be stimulated by pressing or tapping the bladder area or by straining. Medicines can also help in some cases, including propantheline, oxybutynin (for example, Ditropan), or tolterodine (Detrol).When these methods or medicines do not help, you may have to use a urinary catheter, a thin flexible tube that you can insert into the channel through which urine exits the body (urethra). This is called intermittent self-catheterization. A little instruction and a few practice sessions with a nurse are all that are needed to learn to do intermittent self-catheterization. The procedure is usually done at the toilet.The technique provides immediate relief of symptoms and helps prevent urinary tract infections and their complications.Some people who have MS may only need to use the technique for a few

    7. Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy - Topic Overview

      Most people who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) are women in their child-bearing years. Questions about whether MS affects getting pregnant or about labor and delivery are common. Here are some answers:Most couples in which one partner has MS are able to have children without MS affecting the pregnancy, labor, or delivery. MS does not increase the risk of miscarriage or birth defects.Some women have fewer MS symptoms during pregnancy, then a temporary relapse after delivery. But pregnancy, delivering a baby, and early motherhood do not increase the risk of being disabled by MS over time.1There is some evidence that pregnancy may actually help delay disability long-term in women who have MS.2Plan aheadIf you have MS, and you want to have children, talk with your doctor. Some things to think about and plan for include:Some medicines used to treat MS should not be used during pregnancy. If you are taking medicine for MS, use reliable birth control until you decide to try to

    8. 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 ...

    9. 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 ...

    10. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

      If you have trouble moving around or if you become tired easily because of multiple sclerosis (MS),it may help to make some changes in your home. For instance,it might be helpful to: Change the location of furniture so that you can hold on to something as you move around the house. Use specially modified chairs that make it easier to sit down and stand up. Group the items you use most ...

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