How to Make the Most of the ‘Multiple Sclerosis News Today’ Forums

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Living your best life with MS often means fighting the disease and its many symptoms on multiple fronts. Multiple Sclerosis News Today forums were created to let you learn and share information, tips and ideas about MS, and to build a supportive community around those whose lives are influenced by the disease.

You’ll also find insights from veteran patients designed to help those who’ve been recently diagnosed.

Our new forums launched April 9, 2018, and cover a broad set of topics, including:

MS drugs: This forum is for discussions about disease-modifying treatments (DMTs), including Lemrada, Ocrevus and Tysabri, as well as symptom-treating therapies such as steroids, Baclofen and others.

MS parents and caregivers: This forum is a place for MS parents and caregivers to talk with each other, share tips, ask questions, etc. It’s also a place for veteran patients to help those who were recently diagnosed.

Alternative treatments: From vitamins, oils and even bee stings, this forum is devoted to an exploration of therapies beyond standard and conventional MS care and treatment.

Durable medical equipment: Do you have a scooter, walker, crutch, brace or other assistive device? Thinking about getting one? Here’s where to talk about it.

Paying for your treatment: Are you having trouble paying for treatment or medications? Like to share your experiences with insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid or SSDI? Join us at this forum to help navigate the complex financial side of the disease.

Sports, activities and travel: Let’s talk about having some fun here! Do you ski? Have a good exercise routine? Have you traveled to someplace interesting? Care to share your tips for how you managed MS while you did it? We’d like to hear all about it.

Stem cell transplants: Do you have experience with stem cell transplants or are considering one? Share your knowledge or raise your questions here.

Registering for the forums
Getting started is easy. The first step is to create a profile. Simply go to the forums page and register with your name, age and whether you’re an MS patient or caregiver. There is also an option to write a short 300-word bio about yourself. From there you’ll find the main forums page. These are the public forums, so all posts will be visible to anyone who visits this page. All of the discussions will be moderated by Ed Tobias, one of our patient columnists, and any inappropriate comments will be deleted.

Additional information
Once you’ve found the forum or forums which you’d like to participate in, you’re welcome to create discussion topics or reply to other users’ posts. You can use text, add videos, images, links, podcasts and other media. Just make sure that the content you post coincides with the subject of the forum.

A private messaging feature has also been installed so that members can contact each other directly. If there’s something you wish to discuss which is more personal, the messaging feature gives you the privacy you need. Simply go to the profile page of the person you’d like to reach out to and click the “private message” tab to start a conversation. You will receive notifications if and when they reply.

Ready to go? Start exploring the forums now

Multiple Sclerosis News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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