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Multiple Sclerosis Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Multiple Sclerosis

  1. Riskier Alternative Treatments for MS

    Some people with MS try alternative therapies to relieve symptoms. Do bee stings, cobra venom, hypnosis, and Reiki help with pain, fatigue, or immune response? WebMD looks at the studies.

  2. How Multiple Sclerosis Changes Over Time

    The course of multiple sclerosis varies from person to person and depends on the type of MS.

  3. How MS Disability Is Measured

    WebMD explains how MS disability is measured with the use of tests and scales.

  4. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - 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 ...

  5. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - 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 ...

  6. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

    There is no cure for multiple sclerosis (MS). So far, the only treatments proved to affect the course of the disease are disease-modifying medicines, such as interferon beta. Other types of treatment should not replace these medicines if you are a candidate for treatment with them.Some people who have MS report that alternative treatments have worked for them. This may be in part due to the placebo effect. The placebo effect means that you feel better after getting treatment, even though the treatment has not been proved to work. Some complementary therapies may help relieve stress, depression, fatigue, and muscle tension. And some may improve your overall well-being and quality of life.Some people think that certain things may increase the risk of having an attack of MS, including:Dietary deficiencies.Sensitivity to foods and environmental toxins (including mercury amalgam in dental work).Sensitivity to stress and trauma.Viral infection while at a young age that causes a permanent,

  7. MS Hug: How to Ease the Pain

    Pain is a common symptom of MS. Get tips on how to manage torso pain.

  8. Lhermitte’s Sign: What Is It? How Do You Treat It?

    Tips for Managing Lhermitte’s Sign

  9. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Topic Overview

    Multiple sclerosis, often called MS, affects the central nervous system—the brain and spinal cord. It can cause problems with muscle control and strength, vision, balance, feeling, and thinking. Rehabilitation programs often help. They include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and cognitive retraining.Physical therapyPhysical therapy uses exercise of all types to help you stay as independent as possible. Your therapist will help you find which exercises are best for you. This might mean doing exercises at home or walking. Or you might exercise in a swimming pool or do yoga.Exercises:Stretch and strengthen muscles.Get your heart and lungs working harder.Help you with your balance.You'll also learn how to cool off between exercises, since heat can make symptoms worse.People with constant symptoms may need therapy every day. Others won't need it as often.Occupational therapyThis therapy teaches you how to be as independent as possible.You can learn how to use

  10. 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 ...

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