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Information for Patients Newly Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

Have you just been told that you have multiple sclerosis (MS) or suspect that you may have it? Learn what some of your first steps might be to take charge and manage your MS. While it may be difficult at first to get used to the idea of living with MS, you can do it - you can have the life you want.

Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis - Stories About Being Diagnosed with Multiple...
Diagnosing multiple sclerosis (MS) is often a lengthy and difficult process. There are over 80 symptoms of MS, most of which are shared by other diseases, and there is not a single definitive test for MS. Share the story of the events leading to your MS diagnosis here.

How Should I Tell My Parents That I Have MS?
Finding out about your own multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis is stressful enough, but telling family and friends about your MS brings its own challenges. Here are some ideas and tips on how to tell your parents that you were diagnosed with MS.

Lumbar Puncture Stories from People with Multiple Sclerosis - People …
Many of us have had lumbar punctures (also known as spinal taps) on our way to an MS diagnosis. What were your experiences and what advice would you give others? Share your stories and ideas here.

How People with Multiple Sclerosis Find the Right Neurologist - Findi…
Everyone with multiple sclerosis (MS) requires medical care from time to time, ideally from a qualified neurologist. Since we will have MS for the rest of our lives, it is important that we find the neurologist that is right for us and will work in partnership with us to live the best life possible with MS.

Doctor Experiences of People with Multiple Sclerosis - Best and Worst…
Since multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, incurable disease, those of us living with MS have to deal with doctors on a pretty regular basis. Share your story about your best or worst doctor experience and any tips you may have for improving relationships with our docs.

Tips to Optimize Your MRI Experience
An MRI can be a scary, loud and hot experience. Use these tips to minimize your discomfort and have a better time in the MRI tube.

Why Isn’t Everyone With MS on Treatment?
Despite strong recommendations from the Multiple Sclerosis Society and most MS advocates, many people with MS are not on disease-modifying therapies. Learn some of the reasons why people might not be on therapy – and why these reasons aren’t good enough.

Talk About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is a complicated disease that people easily misunderstand or have misconceptions about. Taking the time to think through what you will say to people can help avoid an awkward conversation.

What to Expect During an MRI Scan
Knowing what to expect during an MRI scan is helpful. MRI scans do not hurt, but are unlike anything you’ve ever done before. Know what to expect and you’ll breeze through your MRI scan.

Find an MS Neurologist
Finding a neurologist for multiple sclerosis can be an intimidating and confusing process. By following these simple steps, you can find the right MS neurologist for you.

Disclosing Your Multiple Sclerosis in the Workplace
Each person with multiple sclerosis (MS) must decide whom they will tell about their diagnosis. This can be especially tricky in the workplace. The decision about workplace disclosure of MS status should be carefully considered as to whom to tell, reasons to tell and how to tell.

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