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

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

  2. 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)

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

  5. Diagnosis—The Basic Facts (.pdf)

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

  6. Disclosure: The Basic Facts (.pdf)

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

  7. 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)

  8. Genetics—The Basic Facts (.pdf)

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

  9. 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)

  10. Hormones (.pdf)

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

  11. 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)

  12. 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)

  13. Minimizing Your Risk of Falls (.pdf)

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

  14. 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.

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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).

  19. What Is Multiple Sclerosis (.pdf)

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

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