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Julie  Stachowiak, Ph.D.

Updated Articles and Resources

By Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D.

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Tips for Dealing with Numbness and Tingling as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis Created: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Numbness and tingling, also known as paresthesia, are a very common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). While there are very few things your doctor can do to help you get relief from this MS sympto...
    • Q. Can people have fibromyalgia and MS at the same time? Created: Friday, August 27, 2010 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      While fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis (MS) are two very different chronic diseases, they share many symptoms and similarities. This may lead to misdiagnosis or a missed diagnosis of fibromyalgi...
    • Tips for Dealing with Trigeminal Neuralgia in People with MS Created: Monday, December 07, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), also known as Tic Doloreux, might be the very most painful symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). While it is difficult to totally alleviate the pain with at-home remedies, ...
    • ALS and MS Symptoms Created: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) and MS (multiple sclerosis) share many symptoms, although they are very different diseases." itemprop="descript't3'" --> itemprop="descr...
    • Who Develops Secondary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis? Created: Saturday, July 26, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Secondary-progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) is diagnosed in about half of people who originally had relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), although disease-modifying drugs may change these statistics. ...
    • Symptoms of PML (Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy) Created: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a rare, but very serious side effect of Tysabri (natalizumab), a MS disease-modifying therapy. Know the symptoms of PML if you or a loved one is ...
    • What Are the Typical Symptoms of Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis? Created: Thursday, June 26, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) is usually characterized by gradually worsening of the ability to walk. However, for a small minority of people, the main symptoms are tremor and probl...
    • Vitamin B12 and Multiple Sclerosis Created: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are at higher risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. Low levels of vitamin B12 can mimic and exacerbate many MS symptoms, including fatigue, depression and memory loss....
    • Top Pregnancy Questions for Women with MS Created: Friday, June 22, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) by itself is not a reason to avoid pregnancy, as used to be thought. There are many things to consider when planning to conceive, including treatment before a...
    • Is hip and/or knee pain a symptom of multiple sclerosis? Created: Friday, September 18, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Although joint pain is not a direct symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS), many people with MS experience pain and soreness in their knees and hips. This is usually a result of an altered gait, due to...
    • Vertigo in Multiple Sclerosis Created: Tuesday, March 04, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Vertigo is a fairly common symptom of MS, occurring in about 20% of people at some point. The good news it that it is not a permanent symptom, and may not even indicate a new lesion or inflammation...
    • Bladder Dysfunction and Multiple Sclerosis Created: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Bladder dysfunction is one of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Problems with urination, whether it be urinary hesitancy, frequency or incontinence, should never be ignored. Lear...
    • Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis Created: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis is extremely difficult. Many people live years with MS before receiving a definitive diagnosis. There are a wide variety of tests that may used in multiple scleros...
    • Find a Multiple Sclerosis Doctor Created: Friday, March 23, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Multiple sclerosis doctors are called neurologists. Finding a neurologist for multiple sclerosis can be an intimidating and confusing process. By following these simple steps, you can help yourself...
    • Headaches as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis Created: Monday, June 09, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Headaches are a common symptom of multiple sclerosis. People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to experience migraines or cluster headaches than those in the general population. There are several different causes for headaches in people with MS, including: medication side effects, lesions, optic neuritis and depression.
    • Multiple Sclerosis “Hug” or Girdle-Band Sensation Created: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Multiple sclerosis pain comes in unusual places. The “MS hug” or girdle-band sensation is a symptom of multiple sclerosis, resulting in a painful or tingling feeling around the torso or...
    • Have you been stopped at airport security with syringes? Created: Saturday, August 31, 2013 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      In any article about traveling with medications, people who have to use syringes are told to always carry a copy of the original prescription or a doctor's
    • Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis Created: Sunday, July 22, 2007 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Fatigue is the most common symptom of multiple sclerosis - it is estimated that between 85 and 95 percent of people with MS experience MS-related fatigue at some point." it-#if expr="$zTP='t3'" -->...
    • BPPV as a Cause of Vertigo in Multiple Sclerosis Created: Monday, March 03, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      About 20% of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience vertigo at some point. While this can be caused by an MS lesion, it is actually more likely to be caused by benign paroxysmal positioning...
    • Get a Handicapped Parking Placard Created: Tuesday, June 19, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Many people with multiple sclerosis could benefit from using a handicapped parking placard. Even if you are ambulatory, consider getting a tag if you suffer from heat intolerance or fatigue."
    • Advances in Using Stem Cells as a Treatment for MS Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Progress is being made in the area of stem cell treatment of different types of multiple sclerosis.
    • How Do Relapses Impact Disability? Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Although it is difficult to predict how multiple sclerosis will progress in any individual patient, early relapses indicate a greater likelihood to progress to secondary progressive MS.
    • Effect of Age on Multiple Sclerosis Prognosis Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      While multiple sclerosis prognosis is very difficult on an individual basis, some research is showing that it may be that people who are diagnosed with MS at a younger age take longer to accumulate disability, but still become disabled at younger age than those diagnosed later in life.
    • Determining who is a "non-responder" to MS drugs early in the game Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Those of us on therapy for MS can be on it for years without really knowing if it is helping or not. Research is showing that there are ways to determine if a certain therapy is right for us earlier in the course of treatment.
    • T1-Weighted Lesions Created: Tuesday, November 27, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      T1-weighted lesions in MS are areas that appear dark on MRI scans and indicate areas of permanent damage.
    • Overview of Pain as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis Created: Friday, January 02, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Pain is now recognized as one of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS).A description of some types of MS-related pain, from fleeting to chronic." itemprop="de"$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop=...
    • When Do You Tell Strangers That You Have MS? Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Deciding when to tell people that you have MS is a personal decision and every situation is different. Go with what feels right after weighing the pros and cons of your disclosure.
    • Talking About Multiple Sclerosis with Little Kids Created: Friday, June 27, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Every family affected by multiple sclerosis must make the decision on when and how to share the facts of the disease with the children. I believe the best that anyone can do is talk to children about serious issues calmly and with love.
    • The Causes of Multiple Sclerosis Created: Saturday, March 24, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      The causes of multiple sclerosis are largely unknown, though some researchers believe that a combination of environment, immune system activity, infection and genetics are at work in causing multip...
    • Make Your Own Cooling Products for MS Heat Intolerance Created: Saturday, June 30, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Tired of being trapped inside during the hot months due to multiple sclerosis-related heat intolerance? Try some of these items that you can make at home to help you beat the heat."
    • Q. What is Your MS Temperature "Limit" for Being Outside? Created: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Years before I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), I enjoyed running. I lived in a busy city and did most of my running on a treadmill at a gym close to
    • Can I donate blood if I have multiple sclerosis? Created: Saturday, May 31, 2008 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are now eligible to donate blood, according to the Blood Donation Eligibility Guidelines of the Red Cross, which were revised in May 2007. However, it is still p...

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