Finding the information and support for multiple sclerosis
can be difficult. There are several organizations that can help you find accurate and useful resources for dealing with MS. Some of these organizations have local chapters, support groups and events to help you connect with other people with MS. Other organizations are more focused on research and medical news
. Become familiar with these organizations and the resources available to you.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is the largest and most famous of MS organizations with chapters in every state. The MS Society joins researchers and celebrities to raise the awareness of MS nationwide. Whether you are looking for a support group or trying to understanding the latest research, the MS Society can help.
MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine that helps the average person to understand many health conditions. MedlinePlus contains links to federal and other organizations with information on the medical aspects of a wide range of diseases and conditions. This is a good website to check for links on the latest NIH research and patient information pages.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is the NIH Institute that leads research on MS. NINDS occasionally publishes information pages for non-medical professionals that will give an overview of MS. You can also find lists of current research on MS, clinical trials and recent scientific publications.
For a global perspective on MS research, news and treatment, visit the Multiple Sclerosis International Foundation's website. You will find an overview of MS, a bibliography of MS research, news about international MS events, and information about MS in other countries. The MSIF's Atlas of MS
has a series of interactive maps that provide data about MS rates throughout the world.
Founded in 1986, this Florida-based organization seeks to "ensure the best quality of life for those coping with MS by providing comprehensive support and educational programs." The MSF conducts fundraising for a number of service and educational projects for people with MS.
Founded in 1970, the MSAA is a national organization that provides programs and services for people affected by MS. The MSAA has regional offices and can help connect you with MS resources in your area. The organization conducts fundraising, educational and support events regularly.
The for-fee informational website has one the most comprehensive information on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and MS. For a 20 dollar fee, a person can have access to discussion boards, information pages and more. The Rocky Mountain MS Center is a non-profit center focused on providing information about CAM and MS. As always, check with your doctor before using any CAM therapy.
This organization is committed "To be the preeminent professional organization for Multiple Sclerosis healthcare providers and researchers in North America, and a valued partner in the global MS community. Our core purpose is to maximize the ability of MS healthcare providers to impact care of people who are affected by MS, thus improving their quality of life." The CMSC website is a great place to learn about some of the latest developments in MS research and treatment.
This website contains links to disability-related information from the federal government. Information on the resources available to assist individuals with disabilities, which agencies to contact and how to access benefits can be found here.
The Social Security Administration is responsible for assisting individuals with disabilities who cannot work. This website can help you understand the requirements for these benefits, how much the federal government can assist disabled individuals and much more.