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  1. Multiple Sclerosis: Modifying Your Home - 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 ...

  2. Multiple Sclerosis: Treating Sexual Problems With Medicines - 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Multiple Sclerosis: Medicines for Depression - 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 ...

  5. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

    Information on multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic neurological disease that involves the central nervous system-specifically the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.

  6. Multiple Sclerosis: Other Treatments Under Study - 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 ...

  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. Types of Multiple Sclerosis - 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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.

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