Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis and Veterans (MS & Vets)
by Veterans Health Administration
2w ago
MS symptoms are variable and unpredictable. The duration and severity of symptoms may fluctuate over time. Most people do not have all the possible symptoms of MS, and no two people have the same combination or severity of symptoms. Join Dr. Andrew Romeo, MD to learn about the symptoms of MS, as well as some methods to manage them ..read more
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Adaptive Driving and MS
Multiple Sclerosis and Veterans (MS & Vets)
by Veterans Health Administration
2w ago
MS can affect the ability to perform activities of daily living. Driving is the most complex activity of daily living performed every day. Driving requires adequate vision, motor, memory, and thinking skills, and MS can affect all these areas. Join Patricia Niewoehner, OTR/L, CDRS to learn how MS can affect driving, what to look out for, and the adaptive equipment available to help keep you safe ..read more
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Cognitive Rehabilitation and MS
Multiple Sclerosis and Veterans (MS & Vets)
by Veterans Health Administration
2w ago
Approximately 40-65% of people with MS experience noticeable changes in cognitive functioning related to their MS. For some, these changes are fairly minor, while for others, the cognitive changes significantly disrupt their daily lives. Declining cognitive functioning is among the top concerns for those with MS because this can affect employment, relationships, driving, health management, and other important areas of daily life. Join Annette Askren, CScD, CCC-SLP to learn about this important topic ..read more
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Choosing a Disease Modifying Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis and Veterans (MS & Vets)
by Veterans Health Administration
2w ago
All people with MS should discuss taking a disease modifying therapy (DMT) with their MS provider. When offered, most people with MS choose to take them. Fortunately, we now have several DMTs that slow the course of MS. These medications have all been proven to benefit people with MS in well-designed large studies. Because DMTs, like any medication, come with risks, people with MS must decide for themselves. Join Dr. Kayla Martin to better understand your DMT options ..read more
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What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis and Veterans (MS & Vets)
by Veterans Health Administration
2w ago
The cause of MS is currently unknown. What we do know suggests that there isn’t one single reason why someone gets MS. Instead, there are probably a number of different reasons, or factors involved - both genetic and environmental. Join Eric Williamson, MD to learn about what is known about the causes and risks for MS ..read more
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Occupational Therapy and Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis and Veterans (MS & Vets)
by Veterans Health Administration
2w ago
Occupational therapy focuses on enabling people to do the things they want and need to do in their day-to-day lives. It helps people find meaning and purpose in their lives by enabling them to participate in valued activities related to self-care, household management, healthcare management, community engagement, work/school participation, and leisure engagement. Join Lauren Yacks, OTR/L, ATP to learn how occupational therapy may be able to help you ..read more
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Managing Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue
Multiple Sclerosis and Veterans (MS & Vets)
by Veterans Health Administration
2w ago
Fatigue is a complex issue with no one-size-fits-all approach to solving it, but sometimes simple changes can have a big impact. For many, a combination of medications and other methods of treatment such as physical therapy, exercise, and diet changes can make a big difference. Join Anza Memon, MD to learn more about MS fatigue and the various methods to help manage this debilitating symptom ..read more
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Pain
Multiple Sclerosis and Veterans (MS & Vets)
by Veterans Health Administration
2w ago
Pain is a common MS symptom that can occur at any time in the disease course. Studies show that more than half of people with MS have experienced pain associated with their MS at some time. Pain is important to understand because, if left untreated, it can affect relationships, mood, sleep, work, and the ability to have fun and generally enjoy life. Join Dr. Tamar Harel who will describe MS pain and the many ways to successfully manage pain ..read more
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How is MS diagnosed?
Multiple Sclerosis and Veterans (MS & Vets)
by Veterans Health Administration
2w ago
The diagnosis of MS is complex. The symptoms and clinical signs of MS often come and go, and symptoms are not the same for every person. The diagnosis of MS in some people is quite quick, taking a few weeks, when the person has a very typical presentation. It may take months or even years, when a person’s presentation is less typical. Join Dr. Vicky Chen to learn more about the criteria used to diagnose MS ..read more
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Seizures and Epilepsy in People with MS
Multiple Sclerosis and Veterans (MS & Vets)
by Veterans Health Administration
2w ago
Recent studies show that people with MS are slightly more likely to have a seizure or develop epilepsy than the general population. The more physical disability a person has from MS (as assessed using the EDSS disability scale for MS), the more likely they are to develop seizures. Also, the longer duration someone has MS, the more likely they are to develop seizures. Join Dr. Marissa Kellogg to learn about seizures and epilepsy ..read more
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