Breastfeeding Is Best, Even When You Have MS

Bringing a newborn home from the hospital when you have multiple sclerosis adds a whole new dimension to common decisions like whether to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby. The benefits of breastfeeding are well-known. However, the chance that mom could transmit her medications to her baby via breast milk also is a concern. [Tweet “Is … Read More

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Keeping Your Limbs Limber Helps Keep MS Symptoms at Bay

When a doctor suggests exercising to maintain strength and flexibility, some patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) may think, “Why should I bother?” But a regular exercise program, tailored to the individual’s physical condition and symptoms, can make a huge difference for those with MS, says neurologist Mary Rensel, MD. Physical or occupational therapists can put together specific programs … Read More

What You Can Expect While Expecting With MS

Dion W. is 30-plus weeks into her pregnancy and she’s surprised. She’s not surprised that her multiple sclerosis symptoms have disappeared. Now 35, she has suffered with those off and on for 15 years, but her doctor says it is common for MS symptoms to recede during pregnancy. But, as with many women before her, … Read More

Multiple Sclerosis Can Be Compatible With Pregnancy

You have multiple sclerosis and you want to have a baby. Not a problem, experts say, but be sure to talk to your doctor about coming off medications and other pregnancy preparations. MS doesn’t appear to affect fertility in any significant way, says neurologist Mary R. Rensel, MD. Women with multiple sclerosis have a normal … Read More

7 Tips to Keep Cool If You Have MS

If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), you may experience difficulty tolerating heat. Your symptoms may worsen when you’re overheated, so it’s important to know how to keep your cool. “With MS, the myelin or protective covering gets damaged either partially or completely, so it doesn’t cover the nerves,” says clinical nurse specialist Kathleen Schwetz. “So when people are … Read More

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New Mom Doesn’t Let MS Run Her Life (Video)

While physical changes are a normal part of pregnancy, the changes Dion W. experienced were different from most. Dion W., now 35, enjoyed a break from her multiple sclerosis symptoms while she was pregnant. She was diagnosed with MS in 1999 at age 19, but was determined to finish college. She didn’t want to put … Read More

How Deep Brain Stimulation Can Restore Your Steady Hands

Lana Laurendeau can’t remember a time when her hands didn’t shake. For years, the shaking made it hard for her to eat without making a mess, drink from a glass without using both hands and put on jewelry.  The shaking also made it increasingly hard for her to do her job as a professional hairdresser. … Read More