Author Archives: Wendy Henderson

Using MS as Inspiration for Art

In this video from Roche, Dorothy Shoes from France talks about her life with multiple sclerosis and how she’s used her illness as inspiration for her visual art. MORE: Tips for managing the MS hug. When Dorothy was first diagnosed she went through a…

How to Manage Multiple Sclerosis Relapses

Multiple sclerosis relapses (also known as flares, attacks, or exacerbations) are when the patient experiences new disease activity. This could be a reoccurrence of old symptoms or new symptoms such as problems with vision or difficulty walking or balancing. The severity of relapses can range from very mild to very…

Ocrelizumab for Treating MS Patients

In this video from the Healthcare Channel, Dr. Jerry S. Wolinsky talks about the results of an Ocrelizumab (Ocrevus) clinical trial for primary-progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) patients. MORE: What the world is saying about Ocrevus. The neurologist, from the University of Texas Health Service Center in Houston, begins by explaining the difference…

What Is a ‘Spoonie’?

If you’re active on the Internet, particularly in groups and forums regarding chronic illness, you’ve definitely noticed the term “spoonie” being thrown around. MORE: Seven things people with MS want you to know about the disease. Spoonie is a term coined by a chronic illness blogger,…

4 Ways to Help Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stay Mobile

Many of the symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis — dizziness, spasticity, pain, numbness, and fatigue — can manifest into mobility issues. However, according to National MS Society, there are ways to manage these mobility issues so that a person living with MS can continue being active and getting the…

How MRI Scans Are Used to Monitor Multiple Sclerosis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the diagnostic tools used to monitor multiple sclerosis patients. It is a non-invasive way of looking at the brain and spinal cord to detect new lesions and to determine how the disease is progressing. MORE: Magnetic resonance imaging and MS diagnosis. According to the…

How Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS) Is Connected to MS

According to the National MS Society, clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) refers to an initial case of neurological symptoms that continue for at least a day. These symptoms are the result of demyelination or inflammation in the central nervous system. The syndrome is either monofocal, in that the person only experiences one symptom such as optic neurosis,…

Tips for Managing the MS Hug

In this newlifeoutlook video, Sebastian talks about a common symptom associated with multiple sclerosis: the MS hug. An MS hug is when a patient feels a tight, constricting pressure around their chest. It can last for a few seconds or as long as several hours. MORE: Seven strange and…

9 Ways to Manage Brain Fog

One of the most frustrating symptoms of living with a chronic illness is brain fog. There are medications to treat many symptoms of chronic diseases, but sadly there isn’t yet a pill that takes away brain fog. However, there are ways to deal with it so patients can minimize its effects and…

Does Multiple Sclerosis Affect Fertility and Pregnancy?

For women, multiple sclerosis is often diagnosed during their childbearing years, so fertility and pregnancy are hot topics for those living with the disease. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, there is no evidence to suggest that having multiple sclerosis has any effect on a woman’s ability to…

Could Muscle Twitches Be a Symptom of MS?

In an article for Living Well, Julia Stachowiak talks about muscle twitches and whether or not they’re a symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). MORE: Four types of MS-related tremors. Muscle twitches (or fasciculations) are a common symptom in other neurodegenerative diseases, particularly amyotrophic lateral…

4 Types of MS-Related Tremors

Tremors are a common symptom of multiple sclerosis, experienced by around three-quarters of people with the condition, and one that often makes sufferers feel quite self-conscious. For most, the tremors will be mild and occur infrequently, but for some, the tremors may be more severe. There are four different types of tremors…

How You Can Fight Fatigue With Corrective Stretching Exercises

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients can benefit from exercise but tiredness and fatigue often get in the way. Depending how advanced the disease is, some patients may not be able to participate in intense activity, but gentle exercise has just as many health benefits, particularly for anyone suffering from a chronic illness. In this video, personal trainer …

How to Approach Dating With Multiple Sclerosis

This newlifeoutlook video explores dating when you have multiple sclerosis. Host Sebastian offers some practical advice, explaining that MS is not something that you should be ashamed of or have to withhold from potential partners. MORE: Seven things people with MS want you to know about…

MSAA Helps Sara Get an All-Important MRI Scan

In this video from the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, Sara talks about how isolating a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis can be. MORE: MS patient explains how the MSAA changed her life. However, Sara quickly realized that the MSAA could reduce her feelings of isolation by providing…

MS Patient Explains How the MSAA Changed Her Life

In this Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) video, Cathy shares how the MSAA changed her life. Cathy was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 16 years ago, and while she tries not to let the disease affect her active outdoor lifestyle, one of her symptoms tends to get in the way.

6 Things to Know About Using Medicinal Marijuana

Using cannabis or marijuana for medicinal purposes is a hot topic right now among patients and health practitioners. It’s regularly touted as a pain reliever for many chronic illnesses. According to the National Cancer Institute, here are some of the facts about medical marijuana and its suggested uses: It’s grown…

7 Physical Clues You Could Have Depression

Many people who suffer from chronic illnesses also suffer from depression. Depression isn’t something that should be overlooked; it should be brought to your doctor’s attention so that it can be treated. But how do you spot depression?  With help from prevention.com, we’ve put together a list of some of the most common physical signs…

5 Factors That Could Increase Your Autoimmune Disease Risk

It’s estimated that around 24 million people in American suffer from one autoimmune disease or another (often more than one). While the exact cause for most autoimmune diseases is unknown, there are certain aspects which may increase your risk of an autoimmune condition. We’ve listed five risk factors that are most associated…

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