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Stories and Tips Submitted by Readers Living with MS

Nobody understands what multiple sclerosis (MS) is like better than people who are actually living with MS. Come here to learn from the experiences of others, share your own ideas and stories, and be reminded that you are not alone.

Solu-Medrol Weight Gain Tips - Tips to Avoid Weight Gain on Solu-Medrol
Although Solu-Medrol given for multiple sclerosis relapses can have great results, it often comes with unwanted side effects, such as weight gain. Read how others cope with or avoid weight gain on Solu-Medrol, and leave a tip of your own.

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.

Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Stories - Emotions Around SPMS...
Most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) start out with a diagnosis of relapsing-remitting MS. At some point in the future, about half of these people will be diagnosed with secondary progressive MS (SPMS). Share your story about getting diagnosed with SPMS here and read about others' experiences.

How I Taught Myself to Self-Inject
Many of the disease-modifying multiple sclerosis drugs are self-injected. Learning how to self-inject is challenging, but is done successfully by many people. Learn how to self-inject your MS medications here.See submissions

Plasma Exchange Stories - Experiences with Plasma Exchange or Plasmapheresis
Have you had a plasma exchange/plasmapheresis treatment? What was your experience and what advice would you give others? Share your stories and ideas here.

Taking a Drug Holiday - Stories About Drug Holidays and Tysabri
Doctors often recommend drug holidays, meaning stopping a particular medication for a period of time, to reduce risk of complications. This is common practice with Tysabri, as docs try to lower chances of PML. Share your "drug holiday" story here.

Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms that Resulted in Diagnosis - Multiple Scl…
We all have a story about the multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms that resulted in our diagnosis. Share yours here and learn about the experiences of others.

Self-Injecting Tips from People with MS - Tips and Advice on Self-Injecting
All of the older, first-line disease-modifying treatments (Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone and Rebif) for multiple sclerosis (MS) have to be injected at home. Although nobody finds self-injecting to be pleasant, many of us have ways to make the process go more smoothly. Learn self-injecting tips and tricks here, and share some of your own.

MS Cognitive Dysfunction Situations - MS Cognitive Dysfunctio…
Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have cognitive dysfunction that has caused situations that are scary, funny or embarrassing. Share your story here and read about the experiences of other people with MS.

Pain and Multiple Sclerosis - Multiple Sclerosis Pain Experiences
Most of us have experienced pain as a part of multiple sclerosis (MS). Share your story here and learn about the experiences of others.

Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms and Other People - How Others Point Out M…
Other people may see symptoms that we don't. Often it is helpful when they point them out, sometimes it is hurtful, depending on the situation and delivery. Share your story here.

Numbness and Tingling in Multiple Sclerosis - Multiple Sclerosis Symp…
Most of us with multiple sclerosis (MS) have experienced numbness and tingling, called parasthesia. While considered a "benign" symptom, meaning not indicative of worsening disease or disability, it is still annoying and can be painful. Share your story and hear from others here.

Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue Tips - People with MS Share Fatigue Tips
Fatigue is one of the worst symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) for many people. Not only is it invisible to others, it is also very difficult to describe. How have you found relief from fatigue? Share your ideas and tips here - even a tiny energy boost is helpful.

Solu-Medrol Tips from Readers – Side Effects from Solu-Medrol – M…
Solu-Medrol has many side effects (from acne to anxiety) and treatment with this drug can be stressful. Learn some tips from other people with MS on how to manage some of the side effects so that you can have a better experience.

Adherence Tips for People with Multiple Sclerosis - People with MS Sh…
Most people with multiple sclerosis know how often they are supposed to take their medicines, yet many of us skip doses. We either forget or just get burned out some days on giving ourselves injections or dealing with side effects. Share your tips and learn from others on how to stay adherent to our multiple sclerosis drugs.

Using Visualization to Relieve Stress
Visualization is an excellent way to reduce the stress of a situation that makes you anxious. Share your visualization tips and successes with others and get inspiration here.

Heat Intolerance Tips for MS - People with Multiple Sclerosis Share H…
Most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are heat intolerant, meaning that symptoms get worse with the heat. Called "pseudoexacerbations," these worsened symptoms do NOT indicate a relapse, but are just a result of a rise of as little as half a degree in core temperature. Share your tips for fighting MS-related heat-intolerance here.

Exercise Tips for People with Multiple Sclerosis - People with MS Sha…
People with multiple sclerosis can benefit greatly from exercise, as it can help with fatigue and other MS symptoms as well as overall health and well-being. However, for many reasons, it is often difficult for people with multiple sclerosis to maintain an exercise habit. People with multiple sclerosis can share their exercise tips and learn from others here.

Pregnancy and Multiple Sclerosis Experiences - MS and Pregnan…
Many women with multiple sclerosis (MS) find that their MS symptoms disappear during pregnancy. Share your pregnancy and MS story here and read about the experiences of other women.

Multiple Sclerosis and Sleep - MS Sleep Stories and Tips
People with multiple sclerosis need sleep more people without chronic diseases, yet often have more trouble sleeping. Readers share what causes them to lose sleep and how they have dealt with sleep problems.

Marriage and Multiple Sclerosis - Stories about Marriage and MS
Marriage and multiple sclerosis (MS) both come with challenges. MS can impact a marriage in several ways - the spouse of a person with MS can have to take on more responsibilities and the person with MS may not be able to do some of the things they would like to. Share your stories about how MS has affected your marriage, for better or for worse.

Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy Stories - Stories About Parenting, M…
For a young woman, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) can bring up questions about pregnancy and motherhood. Share your stories of MS, pregnancy (or the decision not to have a child) and motherhood.

Cognitive Dysfunction Tips from Readers - Multiple Sclerosis and Cogn…
Cognitive dysfunction is a very common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS), bring problems like forgetfulness and difficulties finding the right word in a conversation. Learn some tips on managing some of these problems from other people with MS.

MRI Tips From People With MS - How to Have a Good MRI Experie…
Anticipating and understanding what to expect during an MRI will help you through the scan. The following tips are provided by people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to help make your MRI experience as stress-free as possible.

Tips for Managing MS Hug from People with MS - Multiple Scler…
Learn from other people with multiple sclerosis (MS) how you can manage the pain and annoyance of the "MS hug." Read these tips for dealing with this common MS symptom.

Describe Multiple Sclerosis to Others - How Would You Describe MS?
People have different ways to describe multiple sclerosis (MS) to people who don't have it. Often this helps communicate complicated and invisible symptoms better than just using words like "tired" or "weak." Share your ideas or descriptions here and learn from others.

MSers Respond: What is the stupidest thing someone has said t…
Hearing stupid or insensitive remarks sometimes seem to be an everyday occurrence for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Share your experiences here to help others realize they are not alone.

Diets for People with Multiple Sclerosis - Stories About Diet and MS
The debate around the impact of nutrition on multiple sclerosis is a heated one - many experts claim that diet has absolutely no relation to MS, while proponents of certain diets claim that they have found "the answer." What do you think? Do you follow a certain diet for your MS? Share your story here and read what others have to say.

Multiple Sclerosis Relapse Experiences - Stories About MS Relapses, E…
A multiple sclerosis relapse (also called exacerbation or flare) can be a scary experience. Share your story and read about the experiences of others.

Terms for People with Multiple Sclerosis - What People with MS Want T…
What should people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) be called? Are we MSers? People living with MS? PwMS?

Talking to People Newly Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis - People Wi…
People who are newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis need information and support and one of the best places to get it is from other MSers. Share some of your ideas for what to say to someone newly diagnosed with MS.

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