Understanding Multiple Sclerosis

EMBED THIS INFOGRAPHIC ON YOUR SITE: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease characterized by multiple areas of damage and scarring (sclerosis) to the nerve fibers of the brain and spinal cord. Although research has brought us closer to understanding the disease process, its cause is not yet fully known, nor is there a cure.
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Multiple Sclerosis – From TOP to BOTTOM – Getting the Complete Picture

Written by Ann Pietrangelo | Published on June 24, 2013 Medically Reviewed by George Krucik, MD, MBA – See more at: http://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/effects-on-the-body?utm_source=Benchmark%20Email&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=ms Multiple Sclerosis is a neurodegenerative and inflammatory immune condition that causes problems throughout the body. MS gradually breaks down the protective cover (myelin sheath) around the nerves. This makes it hard for the
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Understanding the JC Virus

Written by Kimberly Holland and Rachel Nall | Published on August 17, 2015 Medically Reviewed by The Healthline Medical Review Team Learn how an extremely common and normally harmless virus may put certain multiple sclerosis patients at risk for some dangerous complications and what you should discus with your doctor before starting treatment. JC Virus
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Why It Pays to Start MS Treatment Early

Written by Adrienne Santos-Longhurst | Published on April 2, 2015 Medically Reviewed by George T. Krucik, MD, MBA on April 2, 2015 Learn why you should start MS treatment earlier rather than later. Deciding to start MS treatment can be difficult. Your symptoms may be so mild that you feel you don’t need treatment. Or,
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My First Year with MS

Written by The Healthline Editorial Team Medically Reviewed on June 29, 2015 by George T. Krucik, MD, MBA Learning you have multiple sclerosis (MS) can trigger a wave of emotions. At first, you may be relieved that you know what’s causing your symptoms. But then, thoughts of being disabled and having to use a wheelchair
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Know Your Therapy Choices and Risks

Written by Samuel Greengard and Jacquelyn Cafasso | Published on May 5, 2015 Medically Reviewed by Susan J. Bliss, RPh, MBA on May 5, 2015 The battle against multiple sclerosis (MS) has advanced considerably in recent years. A number of drugs are effective in alleviating symptoms and helping combat relapses. However, as with any disease,
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Multiple Sclerosis and Occupational Therapy

Written by Kimberly Holland | Published on September 9, 2014 Medically Reviewed by George T. Krucik, MD, MBA on September 9, 2014 Occupational therapy is an important part of multiple sclerosis treatment. Get a sense of what OT is and how it can benefit MS patients in particular. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune
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Advancing MS: Coping with Depression, Stress, and Anger

Written by Kimberly Holland | Published on August 5, 2014 Medically Reviewed by George Krucik, MD, MBA on August 5, 2014 Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases attack your body without cause. In the case of MS, your immune system attacks and destroys the protective lining (myelin) that covers your nerves. As
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Monitoring MS with MRI Scans

Written by Susan Carter | Published on May 1, 2015 Medically Reviewed by George T. Krucik, MD, MBA on May 1, 2015 Learn about the benefits of getting a follow-up MRI scan. If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), you probably had several tests done before you received your diagnosis. There isn’t one test to diagnosis
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Nine Exercises for Advancing MS

Written by Kimberly Holland | Published on March 20, 2012 Medically Reviewed by George Krucik, MD Everyone benefits from exercise. Whether you’re doing it for weight loss, strength building, or to prevent disease, exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For the 400,000 Americans with multiple sclerosis (MS), exercise has some specific
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