Author Archives: Mike Knight

 My Progressive MS Moment of Truth

“If I were you two, I think I’d plan for the worst,” Amy, my physiatrist, said to my wife and me as we sat in the examination room. It was just after 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. January has become one of two pivotal months in terms of…

My Year-end MS Zen

Not long ago, I dreamed I was running. Again. It was the first time I’d had the dream in a while. It was always the same, “Been Caught Stealing,” or something like it roaring in my headphones, me in stride and rhythm with the…

Rock Bottom: When Sitting Down Is a Pain in the Butt

“The reason you can’t keep your shorts up,” the orthopedist said, “is because you don’t have enough butt anymore.” It was my first visit with this doctor, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. While waiting in a small, wood-paneled anteroom next…

Pill Stopper: Why I’m Off My Meds

I’m not taking all the medication I’ve been prescribed. Chances are, you’re not either. Medication nonadherence, or not taking medicine as prescribed, is a thing — a big thing. According to a column in The New York Times,…

5 Fitness Websites for MS

You can’t swing a sweaty workout towel these days without hitting an article or report about the health benefits of exercise to people with MS. “Exercise is quickly being recognized as one of the most important approaches for self-managing the consequences of MS,” said…

MS Life Hack Attack: Tips to Make Life Easier

Between fatigue, muscle weakness, imbalance and other problems associated with MS, living with the disease often demands a lot of effort and energy, even for the simplest of tasks. Conserving (and managing) your energy can help you spend more of it doing the…

Chill Seeker: Tips for Reducing MS Anxiety

A whopping 43 percent of all people with MS have some type of anxiety disorder. Worse, according to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, “Anxiety is perhaps the most taxing and under-treated psychological effect of living with MS.”  Which makes sense. The unpredictability of…

Dazed and Confused: Tips for when Gravity Calls

Nothing resets your thinking like bouncing your head off a hardwood floor. At least, for me. It was about 10 p.m. on a Saturday night, and we were shutting down the house. That routine consists of turning lights off, locking doors, and plugging in phones and…

5 Tips For Making Every Doctor Visit Count

Effectively managing MS may require ongoing appointments with multiple specialists on your health care team — including neurologists, physical and occupational therapists and others. And it goes without saying they’re busy (for an inside look at how busy doing what, go here and here). Making the most…

3 Tips for Explaining MS to Others

Face it: Understanding MS isn’t easy — even if you have it. There’s no known cause, no cure, no predictability in progression, and while there are common symptoms and manifestations, they affect everyone differently. Some symptoms come and go with no rhyme or reason and…

7 Simple Tips for Traveling With MS

With the year-end holiday season hurtling towards us, now is the time many of us start planning to hit the road — making way to see family, friends and loved ones, or seeking out warm weather havens or preparing for snow-covered vacations. Here are some basic tips for traveling with…

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