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"I've had issues with legs & feet & I dont mind that I might end up in a wheelchair-I'll have my husband & children there to help"

Valorie Diamond, Columnist,

Here's my MS Story,
I was at work one day at Kmart unloading a truck when my face starting going numb. It was odd but I didn't think anything of it as it had happened before and always went away within the hour. Well this time it didn't and started in my left hand. I thought that maybe I had a pinched nerve somewhere. So made a doctor appointment to see my PCP.

He sent me to a Neurologist that decided to do a spinal tap. Well that
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Life used to feel so refreshing but these days I feel like a prisoner. A prisoner trapped by my own body, feeling like this sometimes makes me forget I am not the only one dealing with my MS. My families are also prisoners of my MS. Here in their own words is what my MS does to them!

April Barbosa, Poet & Columnist,
Reading what my husband and kids feel makes me hate the MS more. I hate knowing they have to carry my weight when I can’t handle my responsibilities, but they have taught me that families are a team and just like a team we are only as strong as the weakest member. As for the weakest member in our family there is none because no one has a chance to fall.

Here in their own words is what my MS does to each them:

  “This is her husband Joe well I try to make her life easy as possible but it’s not easy. When she flares up I take control n try to do what she does. I make
sure she takes her meds get the kids ready for school get food, clean.
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Clinical Advances in Relapsing-Remitting MS: The Role of Oral Disease-Modifying Therapies (This program has been developed for general neurologists, advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners, neurological nurses, and other health care clinicians involved in the care of patients with MS:

New oral agents provide neurologists more options for newly diagnosed patients with MS. This issue discusses the evidence, efficacy, and safety data for the 3 oral agents.
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DeAnn Burgess, Guest Columnist,
Since I've been in the drug trial...(Oct 2008 until at least Dec 2013. I have complained about un-godly joint pain. It started 3 weeks after the first round of this drug. First time I complained, he gave me 30 Darvocets. That was right before they pulled it off the market.
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Sorry for the delay on my weekly Column, I ended up in the hospital for a while!

Frank Williams, Columnist,
Howdy folks, sorry for the delay on my weekly Column, I ended up in the hospital for a while and could not do anything for 10 days after I got out. That was because I had to wait for the biopsy report. Luckily I do not have colon cancer, but we can add colitis and some other funky word to my list of interesting endeavors. Such as RSD, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, plus a degenerative spine so
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No one ever said that life would be fair or easy

Megan Jones, Poet & Columnist, MS News Channel

Then Survive
It isn't fair! Fair? No one ever said that life would be fair.
Nor did they say it would be easy. It isn't about justice,
It's not about what is or isn't fair.
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This is a section from a book (soon to be published) I have written called "It's Not as Bad as it Sounds (my life with MS and Fibro)"

Yvonne Decelis, Columnist, MS News Channel
I hope you enjoy this section (and I will definitely put an update in my column when the book comes out.) HERE'S CHAPTER ONE:

The things I’m grateful for
Now I want to take some time to discuss some of the “perks” that I have discovered since being diagnosed (first with Multiple Sclerosis and then with Fibromyalgia.) I know that may be a somewhat irritating sentence to read, but good things have come out of this and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention any of them.

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What It Feels Like To Be Me

(Katrina Ann Taylor, Columnist,
I grew up in a small Mississippi town where I live today with family. I never liked small towns, but today I feel like it’s finally home. I once dreamed of a big city being my home, living in a nice house, and having a successful profession. I achieved most of my goals only to have it taken away from me. I’ve lost a lot and I’ve gained even more than I could ever imagine. I now know what’s important in life and it’s not what I once dreamed about. 2006 was the year that would change my life, send
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Can sunlight decrease depression in people with MS?

A growing body of evidence points to a clear connection between low vitamin D levels and multiple sclerosis (MS). But with the emergence
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Chemicals, Side Effects, Pesticides & 4 Hour Erections! Oh My!

Jeannine Everett, Columnist, MS News Channel
Ok I hate them hate them hate them.  I am talking about those white packets you get with your drugs, reading the back of anything you buy from drain cleaner drugs to food.  After reading those labels I promise I won’t drink drain cleaner, put a knife in the toaster or use the product is the seal if broken.  Ok have you ever read about what is in your food?  Do you even know half of what it is all those big words?
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"There are times I feel so Alone, down especially when my MS & fibromyalgia acts up at the same time. I feel hopeless

(Eva Saporito, Columnist, MS News Channel)
There are times I feel so Alone, down especially when my MS and fibromyalgia acts up at the same time.  I feel hopeless. For some reason, I think of times when I use to dance with my friends hang out at the OBI in NY. I use to love Karaoke, kickboxing and rollerblading.   It makes me smile then I start crying uncontrollably.
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Patti McArthur, Columnist,
I had to make an appointment with the MS Center yesterday to be seen this morning for help with my migraines. My "Pain" doctor has gotten tired of me trying to get help from her that she has passed the buck back to my MS doctor and his office to help me instead. They saw me this morning. I told them about the severe migraines, how nothing I have used for it has helped me, and I am hurting to much to try and enjoy life anymore. The NP I saw
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"Due to my recent loss of my daughter, I have experienced debilitating depression & it's effects So I wrote this for our Angels"

(Cindi Rill, Columnist, MS News Channel)
Grief and MS
Grief of a loved one is terrible enough to bear without worrying about it's effects on patients with Multiple Sclerosis. I have read several articles and wanted to pass this info to you. Due to my recent loss of my daughter, I have experienced debilitating depression and it's effects.
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Marijuana extract/Dronabinol Ineffective to Reduce Disability in Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has a variety of physiologic effects. Some researchers suggest that cannabis and the endocannabinoid system may have a potential role in neuroprotection. To test this hypothesis in patients with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), investigators conducted a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, including 498
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What our doctors didn't tell us about Steroids!

Valorie Diamond, Columnist,  

I was diagnosed in February of 1997. That year I had two flares that caused me to go into the hospital for 5 days of IV steroids. That was 900mg a day. The first time in June of that year and then again that year (was in the hospital when Princess Diana died). Well shortly after I got out I started having issues with my walking. I would take a step and fall to the ground from the pain that just hit me with that step. I never knew when this was going to happen and let me tell you that is very scary.
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TYSABRI: Low Body Weight Linked to PML Risk With Natalizumab in MS 

Genetic risk variants in African Americans with multiple sclerosis.

Sustained-Release Fampridine (4-Aminopyridine) in Multiple Sclerosis: Efficacy and Impact on Motor Function: Treatment with dalfampridine resulted in clinically relevant improvements in walking speed and endurance in MS patients with limited ambulation and helped improve their motor function.

NEW MS TREATMENT: Plegridy (Biogen Idec) given every 2 weeks to patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) significantly reduced annualized relapse rates

New Data on How MS Patients Fare Long-Term: Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) die about 6 years earlier than those in the general population; they don't get cancer as often and they don't seem to gain significant benefit from therapy in terms of disability progression.

Multiple Sclerosis: Autoimmune or Neurodegenerative?

NEW MS TREATMENT: More Phase 3 Data on Peginterferon in MS. One-year results suggest that peginterferon-β1a (Plegridy, Biogen Idec) has the potential to offer the efficacy and safety of currently available interferon agents for the treatment of relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS), with the added benefit of reduced frequency of administration

NARCOMS: 20 Years of MS Research

Tumefactive multiple sclerosis in taiwan.

Characterization of Microcirculation in Multiple Sclerosis Lesions by Dynamic Texture Parameter Analysis (Texture analysis is an alternative method to quantitatively assess MR-images

Detection of clinical relapses in multiple sclerosis cohorts: construction and validation of a model based on administrative data.

A Further TWEAK to Multiple Sclerosis Pathophysiology.

Utility of Disease-Specific Measures and Clinical Balance Tests in Prediction of Falls in Persons With Multiple Sclerosis.

Quetiapine Fumarate for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis: Focus on Myelin Repair.

Serum and cerebrospinal fluid light neurofilaments and antibodies against them in clinically isolated syndrome and multiple sclerosis.

Cognition in Early Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis: Consequences May Be Relative to Working Memory.

Drugs in clinical development for multiple sclerosis: focusing on anti-CD20 antibodies

 Evaluation of an albumin-binding gadolinium contrast agent in multiple sclerosis.




My new poem is long but its is humorous: “Battle Scars”

Frank Williams, Poet & Columnist, MS News Channel
I reread the my last poem and was thinking something a little less morbid would be better so here's one that may make some smile and laugh instead of being sad! My new poem is long but its is humorous:

“Battle Scars”
ok y’all ready to take a fun little ride, like riding 5 ft waves in a
its neurological illness’s fun filled roller coaster dingyslide thingy
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Device restores mobility to 40-year-old teacher-After five years of struggling to walk because of theeffects of multiple sclerosis, Lisa Curtis stepped out Friday, July 19,with a spring in her step. The spring – a real metal spring – was part of a new device developed to help....

Natural myelin regeneration is the next multiple sclerosis therapy. CLICK FOR SLIDESHOW & VIDEO

NEW PROGRESSIVE MS DRUG: FediciNova has announced the initiation of a cooperative Phase IIb trial of MN-166 in patients with progressive multiple sclerosis (progressive MS).

NEW DRUG FOR PROGRESSIVE MS: Cleveland Clinic to lead $11.3 million MS drug study designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of ibudilast, an oral drug, in the treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis patients

The world’s first plant-derived cannabinoid prescription drug, Sativex®, which is approved for the treatment of spasticity due to multiple sclerosis in 21 countries  is applying to Expand Sativex® Approval for France.

Should Multiple Sclerosis Drugs Cost $62,000 a Year? The first in a two-part series examines the business of Big Pharma and the role of patents and competition in the drug pricing process.

Patient enrollment this fall for progressive multiple sclerosis MN-166 trial. Dr. Robert Fox and colleagues at Cleveland's Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis are working with co-investigators at 20 additional academic centers on a clinical trial for those suffering from progressive-types of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Emily Gauthier: Inspired to Ride 120 Miles for MS.The 46-year-old has relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, but that hasn't affected her desire to tackle big physical challenges. Last weekend,Gauthier biked 120 miles, from Fenton, Mich., to Michigan State Universityin East Lansing and back to ...

Device restores mobility to 40-year-old teacher-After five years of struggling to walk because of theeffects of multiple sclerosis, Lisa Curtis stepped out Friday, July 19,with a spring in her step. The spring – a real metal spring – was part of a new device developed to help.... 

Vickie George, a passionate outdoor adventurist who in 1995 was diagnosedwith progressive multiple sclerosis, has inspired UD engineering students

Emmy award winner, Andrew Morreale creates documentary to bring a deeper understanding to thedifficulty of living with Multiple Sclerosis.




PML not fatal if caught early enough!

All multiple sclerosis patients taking natalizumab (Tysabri) who were diagnosed with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) before symptoms appeared were still alive a year later, researchers said.
In contrast, nearly a quarter of patients in whom PML was diagnosed on the basis of clinical symptoms died, according to Tuan Dong-Si, MD, of Biogen Idec, natalizumab's manufacturer. They suggested that MRI data for all patients on natalizumab should be examined carefully for signs of PML, including those who are asymptomatic.
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HERE'S MY WEEKLY POEM FOR MY COLUMN: “Sick And Tired And Tired Of Being Sick”

Frank Williams, Poet & Columnist, MS News Channel

Sick and tired and tired of being sick,
tis no joke, nor am I trying to be slick.
You cant sleep, sit, walk or even stand,
that’s when i redirect my pain and take pen in hand.
Electric shocks runs though you like water over the falls,

what, who and why isn’t there anyone i can talk to and call.Pains keeping us up all night, then all through the day,
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"Sodium “overload” in the brain is one of the major factors to blame for the disabling symptoms of multiple sclerosis, researchers have found"

Sodium “overload” in the brain is one of the major factors to blame for the disabling symptoms of multiple sclerosis, researchers have found. Pioneering work by scientists at University College London Hospitals shows high sodium levels are a major trigger for nerve cell damage. This damage is a key factor in devastating long-term effects of MS, such as walking difficulties and vision problems.
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PLEGRIDY: Biogen's new injectable MS drug cut relapse rate by 36 percent when dosed once every 2 weeks

Biogen hopes that Plegridy will provide an option for patients seeking a less frequent dosing schedule. Plegridy, is an injectable drug designed to reduce the dosing schedule of standard interferon drugs such as Biogen's own Avonex, which are typically dosed at least once a week. When given once every four weeks, Plegridy
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Cannabidiol provides long-lasting protection against the deleterious effects of inflammation in a viral model of multiple sclerosis

Inflammation in the central nervous system (CNS) is a complex process that involves a multitude of molecules and effectors, and it requires the transmigration of blood leukocytes across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and the activation of resident immune cells.

Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychotropic cannabinoid constituent of Cannabis sativa, has potent anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties.
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I trip over flat surfaces, what’s your talent? I got the chance to experience some of that “tripping” this past week while I vacationed in Oregon

 Cindi Hopper, Columnist, MS News Channel
“I trip over flat surfaces, what’s your talent?”  I know we’ve all heard or said that before but when traveling, especially long distances with a disability, that phrase takes on a whole new meaning. I got the chance to experience some of that “tripping” this past week while we (I) vacationed in Oregon. Let me elaborate. My last trip had been about 15 years ago and my body was in a much better place than it is now. I could walk then, without help.
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 Headache in Multiple Sclerosis

Self-Management for People with Multiple Sclerosis

 Sex and gender issues in multiple sclerosis.

Effect of dronabinol on progression in progressive multiple sclerosis (CUPID): a randomised, placebo-controlled trial.

The Need for Mental Health Care Among Informal Caregivers Assisting People with Multiple Sclerosis

Advances in the Management of Neurogenic Detrusor Overactivity in Multiple Sclerosis

 Visual pathway abnormalities were found in most multiple sclerosis patients despite history of previous optic neuritis.

Cortical lesion load correlates with diffuse injury of multiple sclerosis normal appearing white matter.

 Initiating oral fingolimod treatment in patients with multiple sclerosis.

 Blood Test Could Soon Track MS

Intrathecal baclofen in multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury: complications and long-term dosage evolution

Randomized controlled pilot study of customized pamphlets to promote physical activity and symptom self-management in women with multiple sclerosis

Varicella-zoster virus encephalitis and vasculopathy in a patient treated with fingolimod

Non-myeloablative autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation expands regulatory cells and depletes IL-17 producing mucosal-associated invariant T cells in multiple sclerosis

Interleukin-1{beta} Alters Glutamate Transmission at Purkinje Cell Synapses in a Mouse Model of Multiple Sclerosis

A drug already approved to treat multiple sclerosis may also hold promisefor treating cardiac hypertrophy, or thickening of the cardiac muscle

Attributional Style and Depression in Multiple Sclerosis

Longitudinal Changes in Quality of Life and Related Psychosocial Variables in Australians with Multiple Sclerosis

Neuroradiological evaluation of demyelinating disease.

Phenomenon Like Multiple Sclerosis Research Finds 2010 Online Football ...Twilight Source

Existing drugs 'could be used to slow effects of multiple sclerosis'

Vidya Balan to be part of a documentary on multiple sclerosis


7 Coping Tips for Chronic Migraine Sufferers

Chronic migraines are caused by a combination of environmental and hereditary factors. Some people tell me that "my mother has migraines, but she has them once a year." Having a family member who suffers from any type of migraine can indicate a genetic
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Management of Spasticity Revisited

Spasticity is common after neurological injury and causes limitations to function and quality of life as well as a range of distressing symptoms. Physical measures to correct tonal changes are pivotal in management and aggravating factors should be actively sought and treated. There is a lack of RCT evidence for pharmaceutical interventions, but the usefulness of individual agents and botulinum toxin in particular in managing the problems created by increased tone is becoming clearer. A specialist multi-disciplinary medical and therapy approach to management with clear goals is the mainstay of all spasticity management programs. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY


What it's like to have Multiple Sclerosis & Fibromyalgia

Yvonne Decellis, Columnist, MS News Channel
When I think of topics to add to this writing, I try to remember what things I wanted information on when I first got my MS diagnosis. Even though every patient is different, and even though medications affect different patients in different ways, I thought that reading about what I go through may be helpful. I apologize to you in advance if it is not and I urge you to consult with a physician if you need medical advice (because, once again, I am a patient. I am NOT a medical professional.)
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"Smoking/Drinking Combo Accelerates Cognitive Decline"

The combination of smoking and heavy drinking accelerates cognitive decline more than either habit alone, new research shows.
A large, longitudinal study showed that individuals who smoked and were also heavy drinkers had a 36% faster rate of cognitive decline than nonsmoking moderate drinkers.
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22 Photo Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Multiple Sclerosis





I'm switching from Avonex to oral Tecfidera

Yvonne Decellis, Columnist, MS News Channel

I am more than happy to "kiss" these stupid syringes goodbye.

I'm seeing my Neurologist today and she's switching me to oral Tecfidera!

I feel like I've been waiting forever for this.

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Gilenya (Fingolimod) Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

Because of its potent efficacy and oral route of administration, the approval of fingolimod as treatment for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) was highly anticipated. The therapeutic and adverse effects are mediated by modulation of sphingosine 1-phosphate receptors. Fingolimod inhibits the egress of lymphocytes from lymph nodes and may also have direct effects on the central nervous system. The clinical trials that led to the approval of fingolimod demonstrated benefit on relapses, disability progression, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) activity, and brain volume loss in treatment-aïve and previously treated patients with relapsing-remitting MS. The use of fingolimod in clinical practice has been limited by concerns for cardiac effects, infection, and macular edema as
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"Ambien/Zolpidem Heightens Recall of Negative Memories"

A popular anti-insomnia medication, zolpidem/Ambien increases the ability to remember images, but only those that have negative or highly arousing content, new research shows.

Investigators at the University of California, Riverside, improved memory by pharmacologically manipulating sleep in 28 healthy volunteers.

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"Rituximab in relapsing and progressive forms of multiple sclerosis: a systematic review'

(2013 Jul 2) STUDY CONCLUSION: Despite the frequent mild/moderate adverse events related to the drug, rituximab appears overall safe for up to 2 years of therapy and has a substantial impact on the inflammatory disease activity (clinical and/or radiological) of RRMS. The effect of rituximab on disease progression in PPMS appears to be marginal.
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Judi Lecoq, Columnist, MS News Channel
In week 2 of my column I told you about my first Adult Stem Cell Treatment and some of the amazing things that were happening during treatment. Leaving Panama after that first experience, I felt so much anticipation about what the future was going to bring me. I went grocery shopping at Super Target and I walked in the store for 1.5 hours. Usually, after several minutes my legs would begin to shake and get very weak and at that point I had to sit down.
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 Katrina Ann Taylor, Columnist,

My Love Story with Multiple Sclerosis

I had what I thought was the perfect life. I had a job that I loved, loved where I lived, had two beautiful sons, and a wonderful husband. What more could I possibly want from life? I never thought I would have to deal with a devastating loss, a devastating change that would leave me wondering what the point was in living life. I never saw this coming straight for me, to shatter everything I knew about life, knew about myself.
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"Massage therapy could be more effective than exercise therapy. Moreover, the combination of massage & exercise therapy more effective than exercise therapy alone"

Massage therapy and exercise therapy in patients with multiple sclerosis: a randomized controlled pilot study.

Conclusions:Massage therapy could be more effective than exercise therapy. Moreover, the combination of massage and exercise therapy may be a little more effective than exercise therapy alone.

Abstract Objective:The primary aim was to investigate the
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I am a soldier

A poem by Megan Jones, Columnist, MS News Channel

I am a soldier
Always on active duty-
Always fighting.
I will never recieve a purple heart.
They will not play Taps
Nor will there be a 21 gun salute when I die.
I wear no uniform, no patch on my shoulder.
My dog tag doesn't list my name
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My name is Patti & I'm a new Columnist on the MS News Channel! Here's a bit about me:

Patti McArthur, Columnist,
Before I found out I have MS in 2002 I was missed Dx in 1999. I had a neuro that did all the tests of MS when my vision was spotty. All the tests, blood work, and spinal tap came back negative with very little lesions on the MRI.
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"Migraine Really Is a Brain Disorder'

Positron emission tomography of patients experiencing the premonitory phase of migraine, prior to the headache setting in, shows activation in several areas of the brain, indicating that migraine is a brain disorder and not a response to pain stimuli. The results are significant in terms of understanding the neurobiology of migraine and could have future implications for drug treatment, said study author Peter James Goadsby, MD, PhD, professor, neurology, and director, Headache Program, University of California at San Francisco, and president, International Headache Society.
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Cindi Hopper, Columnist,

Cindi Hopper, Columnist,
Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis is scary enough, but when they start offering all these medicine options at you and the side effects, it can be somewhat overwhelming! What you have to keep in mind is everyone is different and your body chemistry is
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Low Education A Risk Factor For Cognitive Impairment In Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) can lead to severe cognitive impairment as the disease progresses. Researchers in Italy have found that patients with high educational levels show less impairment on a neuropsychological evaluation compared with those with low educational levels. Their results are published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.  Read more »


Novartis statement: Gilenya (fingolimod) safety information update

Novartis has been informed of a progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) diagnosis in a JCV antibody positive MS patient who had previously been treated with Tysabri® (natalizumab) for approximately three and a half years prior to initiating treatment with Gilenya (fingolimod).
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One of my triggers for my migraines is barometric pressure change & we have flash flood watches for the past week

Cindi Hopper, Columnist, MS News Channel
Its after 3am here, twilight time, LOL. I always seem to wake up around this time for whatever reason...EVERY night! Even with colozapam. Im thinking my dosage isnt strong enough but my luck, shed increase it and Id sleep till 2pm the next day, have to take a Provigil to wake up and then that would become a vicious cycle I damn sure dont want to get in. Ive been having a rough time for about a week and yesterday had to go to the ER for a relentless migraine again.

Something is going on with them because they have just started coming back in the last 6 months with a vengence! I know one of my triggers for my migraines is
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Beth Dean, Columnist,
My name is Beth. A 28 year old mother of two who just so happened to get diagnosed with MS in October 2012. During the time of my diagnosis I was going through a divorce. Married for 8 years to my high school sweetheart. It all went downhill due to many poor decisions and just not enough love. I got blessed with my first baby Landon in February 04’…2 days before my 19th birthday. Laynee followed many years later In September 09’. Through it all they have been my rocks….my little rays of sunshine during my cloudy days.

I have a very tight knit family, and the heart of that family would most definitely be my mother. That lady is amazing! She inspires me everyday. Married for 34 years to the love of her life. We lost my dad in June of 07’ to a massive heart attack,
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A 45-year-old Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patient says that the help she receives from her support dog has changed her life.

Grainne O'Connor, from Kirkby Stephen, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2012 and now has very little feeling left in her hands.
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"Reading can help save your memory: It slows decline in brain power say scientists"

Reading can help save your memory: It slows decline in brain power say scientists. Reading at any time of life could help preserve your memory into old age, researchers claim. They found activities which promote mental stimulation such as reading books and doing crosswords at any age could be linked to a slower rate of decline in brain power.
It is the latest evidence that people who exercise their grey cells are protected against mental decline. Dr Robert Wilson said: ‘Our study suggests that exercising your brain by taking part in activities such as
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Kaiser Hospital Delayed MS Diagnosis, Man Says in His Lawsuit!

A Kaiser patient was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis by a non-Kaiser hospital, he claims in a complaint filed against Kaiser in Denver County District Court. According to Jonathan Lombardi's complaint, the treatment he received at Kaiser "was substandard and negligent inasmuch as defendants failed to diagnose and treat his condition of multiple sclerosis." It was not until Lombardi was admitted to a non-Kaiser hospital that he was diagnosed with the disease. Lombardi blames Kaiser for the "debilitating progression of the disease, which has required subsequent care and treatment for brain and spinal cord injury and other ailments," according to the complaint. He has been declared permanently and totally disabled."Studies indicate that early treatment delays disability,
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"More women now die of overdoses from pain pills like OxyContin than from cervical cancer or homicide"

The increase in the number of women dying from prescription painkiller overdoses has increased by an unbelievable 400 percent from 1999 to 2010—and middle-aged women account for the fastest-growing share. Prescription pain pill addiction was originally seen as a man’s problem... But a new analysis of federal data has found that deaths in recent years have been rising far faster among women, quintupling since 1999. CLICK FOR FULL ARTICLE ON NEW YORK TIMES



A skin patch Immunotherapy for MS Succeeds in Trial

 A skin patch delivering peptides derived from the presumed autoimmune target in multiple sclerosis reduced relapse frequency and brain lesions in a pilot clinical trial, researchers said.
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I really hate the heat! This heat slurs my words; it is like I am speaking another me fatigue...Bad Bowels...

(Jeannine Everett, Columnist, MS News Channel)

I hate the heat! I mean I really hate the heat.  I have to backtrack here for a bit so bear with me. I was diagnosed with MS in August of 2000 having symptoms for 14 years.  I was diagnosed with everything under the sun before this happened, Epstein Bar Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, Ulna constriction (which I have had 3 elbow surgeries), compressed discs in my neck(2 surgeries) and Hypoglycemia.    Well anyway, I was diagnosed with MS in San Francisco (I know about this because my neurologist gave me a MSbook to help me understand what it  was) and moved to Monterey, California.  It was cold and damp.  You think hot is bad, try cold and damp.  Anyway I got this wild hair and decided to move closer to my son in Arizona.  OK, that’s a good idea because in Monterey I could never get warm (everyone thought 80 degrees was a heat wave), so Arizona would be warm and I would love it. What was I thinking #^%#(&^)^)(&_&*.
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