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    1. Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy - Topic Overview

      Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is a medicine often used to boost the body's immune system and make it better able to fight disease. It is made from donated blood fluids. Treatment with IVIG may improve function and lengthen the time before a relapse in people who have relapsing-remitting MS. 1 It does not seem to help slow the progression of MS. 2 IVIG can also lengthen the time before a ...

    2. 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 ...

    3. 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 ...

    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

      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. ...

    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: 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 ...

    8. 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 ...

    9. 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 ...

    10. 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 ...

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