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General Information and Newly Diagnosed


  1. "But You Look So Good"

    Coping with invisible MS symptoms. (last updated June 2016)

  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 2018)

  3. Choosing a Healthcare Provider (.pdf)

    Outlines steps for people with MS for locating and choosing healthcare providers, including questions to ask, and a description of comprehensive MS care. (last updated April 2020)

  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. (last updated August 2018)

  5. Diagnosis—The Basic Facts (.pdf)

    Explains usual steps and tests. Includes how to prepare for an MRI. (last updated 2015)

  6. Disclosure: The Basic Facts (.pdf)

    Discusses whom, when, and how to tell in both personal and work situations; includes personal vignettes. (last updated 2014)

  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. (Updated June 2020)

  8. Knowledge is Power (.pdf)

    Knowledge Is Power contains current and accurate information relevant for people facing a new diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS), presented in a series of easy-to-understand topics.

  9. Managing MS Through Rehabilitation (.pdf)

    What rehabilitation can do for mobility, fatigue, driving, speech, memory, bowel or bladder problems, sexuality, and more. (Last updated February 2016)

  10. Minimizing Your Risk of Falls (.pdf)

    Identifies risk factors for falling and strategies to reduce those risks. (last updated January 2019)

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Services for People Affected by MS

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

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

    Comprehensive information on the disease-modifying treatments for multiple sclerosis. Includes how each is taken, side effects, benefits and available help. (last updated March 2019) Read more about other medications for symptom and relapse management. Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the Society at 1-800-344-4867.

  15. What Is Multiple Sclerosis (.pdf)

    Symptoms, disease patterns, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and research efforts. (last updated November 2018)


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