National Multiple Sclerosis Society
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Symptoms, disease patterns, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and research efforts. (last updated November 2018)
Also Found In: Progressive MS and Major Changes
Practical issues faced by caregivers. Includes resource list. By Tanya Radford. (last updated January 2019)
Información sobre la esclerosis múltiple en inglés y español.
Also Found In: Primary-Progressive MS (PPMS), Progressive-Relapsing MS (PRMS)
This video is a resource for employers, featuring discussions about multiple sclerosis in the workplace.
Also Found In: Getting Involved
This booklet is designed for families who are caring for a person with advanced Multiple Sclerosis.
Also Found In: Personal Stories from MS Leaders, Ambassadors, and Researchers
This handbook is a guide for parents with a child or teen with MS.
Keep S’myelin is a colorful, engaging, informative, and reassuring newsletter to help children and their parents talk and learn about MS together. Each issue is filled with stories, interviews, games, and activities that highlight a specific topic related to MS, as well as a special section just for parents.
MS happens to families, not just to individuals. You probably have many questions about MS – what will happen to my family member with MS, how can we plan, how do we manage the unpredictability of the disease? The National MS Society is here to help you navigate the challenges of living MS with a personalized response to your unique needs.
The National MS Society is collaborating with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs MS Centers of Excellence to support improved care and support services for veterans with multiple sclerosis and their families.
Original Air Date: November 4, 2010
Presenters: Trevis Gleason & Ray Heacox
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Also Found In: Employment
Original Air Date: May 3, 2012
Also Found In: Insurance
Original Air Date: September 1, 2011 Presenter: Dr. Shana Johnson, MD These often invisible symptoms of MS can affect patients' daily lives; this teleconference covers the reasons this dysfunction happens and basic management options.
Also Found In: Social & Emotional support, Emotional Health
Original Air Date: January 7, 2011 Presenter: Dr. Alan Bowling, MD, PhD An informative session about integrative medicine, or using alternative medicine along with conventional medicine to effectively address symptoms of MS. This includes discussion of Vitamin D, marijuana, and ancient healing method.
Original Air Date: February 2, 2012 Presenter: Dr. Michelle Cameron, MD Current research helps us understand the root causes of balance issues in those with MS; this teleconference will suggest ways to optimize your balance and minimize risk of falling.
Original Air Date: December 6, 2012 Presenter: Dr. James Bowen, MD This teleconference discusses issues of aging and MS: general issues, how the aging process affects MS, and how MS affects aging.
Original Air Date: September 4, 2012 Presenter: Dr. Eugene May, MD Visual symptoms are common in people with MS. This teleconference will discuss how MS affects vision and eye movements, and how opthamologists and neurologists evaluate and treat MS eye problems.
Original Air Date: April 7, 2011 Presenter: Craig Smith, PT Craig discusses five important areas to focus on to help those with MS keep moving.
Original Air Date: Presenter: Pat Kennedy, RN, CNP, MSCN This teleconference discusses intimacy and sexual function in people with MS.
Also Found In: Financial Planning
Original air date: June 6, 2013 Presenter: Dr. Joanna Cooper, MD Learn about common sleep disorders for those with MS and understand the impact that sleep has on quality of life and inflammation. You'll also learn more about both natural aids and pharmaceutical options to improve sleep.
Also Found In: Mobility & Accessibility
A presentation addressing some of the practical issues people face when dealing with insurance companies and governmental health programs. Speakers include: Liz Mercer, regional trainer for Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors Helpline and Washington State Office of the insurance commissioner; Elizabeth Pelley, former insurance company executive; John Wood, attorney and advocate.
Also Found In: Sexual Dysfunction, Symptom Management
If you are avoiding travel because you don't think you can get around, think again! Learn about how to plan your trip, deal with airports and navigate new places; even if you use a wheelchair or scooter.
Learn helpful tools and strategies to work around some of the barriers MS can create for couples related to intimacy and family planning.
Exploring Choices for the Future - Listen to the recordings of this three-part teleconference. Topics covered include financial planning, in-home resources and assistive technology. mp3 file is approximately 50 MB and may take a long time to download on a slow internet connection.
The topics addressed in this teleconference include: how to live well with progressive MS; medical management of progressive MS; and emotional issues
Learn strategies for supporting the family as a whole, including communication within the family, talking to kids about MS and navigating parenting challenges while living with MS.
MS is more prevalent in women of childbearing age than in any other group. This teleconference discusses the impact of MS on pregnancy and reproductive issues. Featuring Dr. Sylvia Lucas, clinical professor of neurology and rehabilitation medicine at University of Washington Medical Center.
Hear from MS specialists Dr. Lily Jung Henson, medical director of the neurology clinic at Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle and Bobbi Severson, advanced registered nurse practitioner at the MS Center at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle, to learn more about the facts and myths surrounding an MS diagnosis.
Also Found In: Legal
Improving or maintaining family function is important to helping you, your partner and your children adapt to life with MS. When one member of a family has MS, it's important that the entire family learn how to live with it. In this teleconference you'll learn the tools to maintain stability in your family and communicate freely and effectively about MS.
Also Found In: Bladder Dysfunction, Symptom Management
Learn and gain new strategies to talk with your loved ones about multiple sclerosis. Featuring Allison Shadday, medical clinical social worker and author of "MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis".
Also Found In: Cognitive Dysfunction, Symptom Management
It can be challenging to deal with finances when living with MS, so this teleconference will help families living with MS plan for stability and financial success in the future.
Also Found In: Nutrition
Hear the stories of two families affected by MS from the caregiver's perspective, as they share tips and strategies to maintain the needs and well-being of each family member.
Determine what gets in the way of eating well and identify strategies to easily integrate healthful eating into your lifestyle, positively impact your health and help you manage MS symptoms.
Also Found In: Financial Resources, Recreation, Symptom Management, Treating MS
This is a teleconference recording that aired on April 3, 2014. During this teleconference: Participants will be aware of normal bowel and bladder function without MS; participants will learn what dysfunction can occur related to MS; participants will be able to explore these issues with their health care provider for solutions that will lessen the impact on their overall quality of life.
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During this teleconference participants will: Understand the risks and benefits of different treatment options; Learn about new treatments on the horizon;
Understand how different treatment options compare to each other. The speaker, Dr. Graesser, specializes in MS and in addition to general neurology cases, she also provides care for movement disorders, headaches, and neurologic disorders in pregnancy.
Everyone has their own idea of their best life. For people living with multiple sclerosis, the idea of that “best life” can change due to the challenges of having a chronic, unpredictable and lifelong disease. The National MS Society’s Everyday Matters, supported by Genzyme, a Sanofi company, was an interactive national project that uncovered stories of real people facing the everyday challenges that MS can bring on the path to one’s best life.
Su aliado de confi anza para enfrentar los desafíos de la vida con esclerosis multiple