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  1. "But You Look So Good" (.pdf)

    Coping with invisible MS symptoms. (last updated August 2014)

  2. A Guide for Caregivers (.pdf)

    Practical issues faced by caregivers. Includes resource list. By Tanya Radford. (last updated December 2011)

  3. A Place in the Workforce (.pdf)

    On employment strategies and options. (last updated March 2007)

  4. Acupuncture and MS: The Basic Facts (.pdf)

    An exploration of what is known and not known about this complementary therapy by Alan Bowling, MD, PhD and Tom Stewart. (last updated 2004)

  5. ADA and People with MS (.pdf)

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Protection for people with multiple sclerosis. (last updated in August 2012)

  6. Adapting: Financial Planning for a Life with MS (.pdf)

    Addresses financial organization, planning, insurance options, employment concerns, and benefit issues important to people with MS and their families; provides information for the future and to meet financial challenges that often accompany life with MS. 72-pages. (This guide is a collaboration of the National Endowment for Financial Education, the National MS Society, and Paralyzed Veterans of America.)*published prior to the enactment of the ACA.

  7. African Americans and Multiple Sclerosis (.pdf)

    It is a myth that African Americans don't get MS. Become engaged with programs and resources supporting optimal care and living well with MS. (last updated 2012)

  8. At Home with MS—Adapting Your Environment (.pdf)

    Modify a house or apartment to save energy, compensate for reduced vision or mobility, and live comfortably when MS is severe. Many do-it-yourself changes. By Jane E. Harmon, OTR. (last updated August 2014)

  9. Bowel Problems (.pdf)

    Ways to manage common bowel problems in MS. (last updated 2014)

  10. Choosing the Right Health-Care Provider (.pdf)

    Outlines some steps people with MS should take when choosing a healthcare provider—and explains how professionals come to be listed on chapters’ referral lists. (last updated February 2013)

  11. Clear Thinking About Alternative Therapies (.pdf)

    Facts and common misconceptions, plus practical ways to evaluate benefits and risks. By Virginia Foster. (last updated August 2011)

  12. Connecting with Others Living with MS (.pdf)

    Outlines resources available from the National MS Society that can help you connect with others who share similar life experiences with MS. Choose from one-on-one conversations, group/social settings or online resources for your peer connections.

  13. Controlling Spasticity (.pdf)

    Managing this common, sometimes disabling, MS symptom—roles of self-help, medications, physical therapists, nurses, and physicians. (last updated May 2014)

  14. Dental Health (.pdf)

    A basic overview of appropriate dental care, routine dental visits and problems, and information specific to people with MS. (last updated 2014)

  15. Depression and MS (.pdf)

    Symptoms of depression, the relationship between MS and depression, available therapies, and where to find help. (last updated November 2011)

  16. Diagnosis—The Basic Facts (.pdf)

    Explains usual steps and tests. Includes how to prepare for an MRI. (last updated 2006)

  17. Disclosure: The Basic Facts (.pdf)

    Discusses whom, when, and how to tell in both personal and work situations; includes personal vignettes. (last updated 2004)

  18. Driving with Multiple Sclerosis (.pdf)

    Addresses questions and concerns about how MS might affect a person’s ability to drive now or in the future. Includes information about driving evaluations and different types of auto adaptive equipment. By Pat Niewoehner, BS, OTR/L, CDRS, and Florian P. Thomas, MD, PhD. (New October 2013)

  19. Exercise as Part of Everyday Life (.pdf)

    Physical activity can be a regular part of staying healthy if you have MS. Includes tips on handling MS symptoms. By Mary Harmon. (last updated November 2014)

  20. Fatigue: What You Should Know (.pdf)

    MS fatigue can be reduced with treatments and self-help. (last updated January 2012)

  21. Focus on Employment (.pdf)

    Covers disclosure, Americans with Disabilities Act, fatigue & cognitive issues on the job, and telework options. (last updated August 2007)

  22. Food for Thought—MS and Nutrition (.pdf)

    A guide to healthy eating—includes managing symptoms, changing eating habits, and the effects of diet on MS. By Denise M. Nowack, RD. (last updated January 2012)

  23. Gait or Walking Problems (.pdf)

    Walking problems and how they can be addressed. (last updated 2014)

  24. Genetics—The Basic Facts (.pdf)

    Basic facts about MS and heredity. (last updated March 2009)

  25. Hiring Help at Home (.pdf)

    Checklists and worksheets for people who need help at home. Forms for a needs assessment, job description, and employment contract. (last updated 2005)

  26. History of Multiple Sclerosis (.pdf)

    MS from the Middle Ages to the present, highlighting Society presence since 1946. By Dr. Loren Rolak. (last updated April 2009)

  27. Hormones (.pdf)

    Frequently asked questions about MS and hormones. (last updated 2005)

  28. How to Choose the Mobility Device that is Right for You (.pdf)

    Understand the full range of tools available to stay functionally mobile, comfortable and safe. Offers full-color photos of devices ranging from the simplest cane to the most complex power chair, guidance on how to determine if and when a device might be appropriate, and important safety tips. Introduces readers to assistive technology professionals and outlines the steps involved in a comprehensive evaluation for a wheeled mobility device. (New August 2013)

  29. Information for Employers (.pdf)

    For people to give to their employers if they decide to disclose their MS. (last updated April 2008)

  30. Intimacy and Sexuality (.pdf)

    MS can affect sexuality, both directly and indirectly, but problems can be resolved or minimized. By Rosalind Kalb, PhD. (last updated February 2012)

  31. Kids Get MS Too: A Handbook for Parents Whose Child or Teen has MS (.pdf)

    This handbook is a guide for parents with a child or teen with MS.

  32. Know Your Rights: A Legal Guide for People Living with MS (.pdf)

    Easy to read Q & A format containing information on employment, SSDI, family law, insurance, and more. Offers resources in each chapter, form letters and helpful guides for navigating legal difficulties.

  33. Living with MS (.pdf)

    Addresses questions frequently asked after diagnosis of MS is received—from possible causes to advice on coping. By Debra Frankel, MS, OTR, with Hettie Jones. (last updated November 2014)

  34. Managing MS Through Rehabilitation (.pdf)

    What rehabilitation can do for mobility, fatigue, driving, speech, memory, bowel or bladder problems, sexuality, and more. By Randall T. Schapiro, MD and Susan E. Bennett, PT, DPT, EDD, NCS, MSCS. (last updated February 2013)

  35. Managing Progressive MS (.pdf)

    An overview of symptom management, coping strategies when progressive MS makes the road rougher. By Kaye Hooper, RN, MPH. (last updated October 2013)

  36. Managing School-Related Issues: A Guide for Parents with a Child or Teen Living with MS (.pdf)

    This is a guide to help parents with a child or teen living with MS advocate for them at school or their learning environment.

  37. Maximizing Independence: A Guide to Planning for Changing MS Care Needs (.pdf)

    A guide to help families anticipate and plan for the future to assure loved ones living with MS will receive the support and assistance they need to manage their disease and lead full and enriching lives.

  38. Minimizing Your Risk of Falls (.pdf)

    Identifies risk factors for falling and strategies to reduce those risks. (last updated May 2014)

  39. MS and Pregnancy (.pdf)

    Covers pregnancy, delivery, nursing, hormones, and questions about the disease-modifying drugs. (last updated May 2006)

  40. MS and the Mind (.pdf)

    A reprint from InsideMS. Covers depression, cognitive functions, mood swings, coping tips and medications. (last updated June 2008)

  41. MS Navigator (.pdf)

    Finding answers and making sound decisions relies on having the right information at the right time. That’s what the National MS Society provides — answers to your questions and access to information about the options available to you.

  42. Multiple Sclerosis and Your Emotions (.pdf)

    How to manage some of the emotional challenges created by MS. By Rosalind Kalb, PhD (last updated December 2011)

  43. Multiple Sclerosis: Just the Facts (.pdf)

    Frequently asked questions about MS and the National MS Society. (last updated August 2013)

  44. Pain: The Basic Facts (.pdf)

    An overview of treatments and strategies for managing MS-related pain. (last updated 2004)

  45. Participating in Clinical Trials: For People with MS

    Learn about the process of clinical trial participation and how to decide if a study is the right opportunity for you.

  46. Plaintalk—A Booklet about MS for Families (.pdf)

    Discusses some of the more difficult physical and emotional problems many families face. By Sarah Minden, MD, and Debra Frankel, MS, OTR. (last updated January 2014)

  47. Preventive Care Recommendations for Adults with MS (.pdf)

    A colorful chart detailing the medical tests, vaccinations, and general health and safety rules recommended for all adults with MS. (last updated December 2008)

  48. Publications & Resources for People Living with MS (.pdf)

    A comprehensive "quick reference" including resources for newly diagnosed, families and in Spanish, with information about connections, financial impact, employment, pediatric MS, scholarships and more.

  49. Research Directions in MS: Progress & Strategies (.pdf)

    Explains the Society’s comprehensive research approaches to stopping MS in its tracks, restoring what’s been lost, and ending MS forever. For nonscientists. (last updated December 2011)

  50. Review of Regular Medications and Supplements (.pdf)

    A form to help people keep track of their prescription drugs, over-the-counter remedies, herbals, vitamins, or other dietary supplements.

  51. Should I Work (.pdf)

    General overview of the employment issues that might concern people newly diagnosed. (last updated January 2012)

  52. Sleep Disorders and MS: The Basic Facts (.pdf)

    Reviews common sleep problems and what can be done about them. (last updated 2014)

  53. So You Have Progressive MS (.pdf)

    A veteran of 11 years writes frankly about life, family, work, dating, and pursuing your dreams when the diagnosis is "progressive" MS. By Sharon M. Brown. (last updated February 2012)

  54. Solving Cognitive Problems (.pdf)

    Discusses mental functions most likely to be affected by MS. Self-help and information on cognitive rehabilitation. By Nick LaRocca, PhD, with Martha King. (last updated November 2011)

  55. Someone You Know has MS: A Book for Families (.pdf)

    For children, 5-12. A story about Michael and his family explains MS and explores children’s fears and concerns. Adapted by Martha King from original material by Cyrisse Jaffee, Debra Frankel, Barbara LaRoche, and Patricia Dick. (last updated February 2012)

  56. Speech and Swallowing Problems (.pdf)

    Speech and swallowing problems can be helped with exercise, medications, or technological aids. (last updated 2014)

  57. Stretching for People with MS—An Illustrated Manual (.pdf)

    Illustrated manual showing range of motion, stretching, and balance exercises for at-home program. By Beth E. Gibson, PT. (last updated November 2012)

  58. Stretching with a Helper for People with MS—An Illustrated Manual (.pdf)

    For individuals who need a helper. Illustrated manual showing range of motion, stretching, and balance exercises for at-home program. By Beth E. Gibson, PT. (last updated February 2012)

  59. Students with MS and the Academic Setting: A Handbook for School Personnel (.pdf)

    This handbook for school personnel explores the unique challenges and fluctuating needs of students with MS.

  60. Taming Stress (.pdf)

    Simplifying daily life. Instructions on muscle relaxation, deep breathing, visualization, and more. By Frederick Foley, PhD, and Jane Sarnoff. (last updated January 2012)

  61. The MS Disease-Modifying Medications (.pdf)

    Information on the disease-modifying medications (Aubagio® Avonex®, Betaseron®, Copaxone®, Extavia®, Gilenya®, LemtradaTM, Novantrone®, PlegridyTM, Rebif®, Tecfidera® and Tysabri®). Includes how each is taken, side effects, benefits, and available help. (last updated November 2014).

  62. Tremor The Basic Facts (.pdf)

    A troubling MS symptom described. Coping strategies and research horizons. (last updated 2004)

  63. Urinary Dysfunction and MS (.pdf)

    Sophisticated explanation of treatments for MS-related urinary problems. Detailed descriptions of diagnostic testing, management strategies, and commonly prescribed drugs. By Nancy J. Holland, RN, EdD, MSCN and Nancy Reitman, RN, MA, MSCN. (last updated February 2013)

  64. Vision Problems (.pdf)

    Current therapy for MS-related eye disorders. Discusses low-vision aids. (last updated November 2008)

  65. Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs in MS: An Introduction (.pdf)

    Practical guide to diet supplements for people with MS. Outlines what is and is not known, with references for further study. By Allen Bowling, MD, PhD, and Thomas Stewart, PA-C, MS, JD. (last updated August 2011)

  66. What Is Multiple Sclerosis (.pdf)

    Symptoms, disease patterns, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and research efforts. (last updated November 2014)

  67. When a Parent Has MS: A Teenagers Guide (.pdf)

    For older children and teenagers who have a parent with MS. Discusses real issues brought up by real teenagers. By Diane O’Connell with the Programs staff of the National MS Society. (Last updated July 2014)

  68. Win-Win Approach to Reasonable Accommodations: Enhancing Productivity on Your Job (.pdf)

    A practical guide to obtaining workplace accommodations. By Richard T. Roessler, PhD, and Phillip Rumrill, PhD. (last updated November 2014)

  69. Your Education Rights as a Student with Multiple Sclerosis (.pdf)

    Every person has a right to strive for his or her education goals despite having a disability. This brochure explains the differences in rights and responsibilities both for students and the schools they attend. By Jan Potter, Pd.D. (last updated 2012)

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