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Julie  Stachowiak, Ph.D.

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By Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D.

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    • Headaches as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis Created: Monday, June 09, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 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.
    • Optic Neuritis as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis Created: Sunday, June 08, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Optic neuritis is a fairly common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS), affecting up to half of people with MS. Also, 50 to 60 percent of people experiencing optic neuritis will go on to develop MS i...
    • Multiple Sclerosis Types Created: Tuesday, March 27, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      These types are: relapsing-remitting MS, primary-progressive MS, secondary-progressive MS, and progressive-relapsing MS." itemprop="description">>
    • What Does It Feel Like to Have Multiple Sclerosis? Created: Friday, September 26, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Multiple sclerosis (MS) feels different for everyone, both physically and emotionally. This article is my attempt to communicate how MS affects me in a way that others can understand."
    • Multiple Sclerosis Drugs - Exploring Your Options Created: Saturday, March 24, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Multiple sclerosis drugs can alter the course of multiple sclerosis (MS) by slowing the progression of the disease. There are several multiple sclerosis drugs on the market, including Betaseron, Co...
    • Treatment of Cognitive Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis Created: Thursday, December 15, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Cognitive dysfunction affects at least 50% of people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Direct treatment of this symptom has not been successful. However, there are some approaches and treatments that may help people with MS-related cognitive dysfunction.
    • Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis Created: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 11, 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...
    • Understanding Multiple Sclerosis Created: Saturday, March 24, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease with many symptoms, degrees of severity and courses of progression. Learn the basics about MS, including: multiple sclerosis symptoms, risk factors, treatmen...
    • What to Expect During an MRI Scan Created: Friday, March 23, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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." itemprop="description" itemprop="description"<...
    • Multiple Sclerosis “Hug” or Girdle-Band Sensation Created: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 04, 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...
    • Numbness and Tingling as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis Created: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      Numbness and tingling is a very common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS), known as parasthesia. This type of symptom is described as tingling, burning, prickling, itching, numbness or the feeling ...
    • Pseudobulbar Affect and Euphoria Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      Both of these symptoms have unusual outward manifestations of extreme emotions, but are very different from each other.
    • Multiple Sclerosis and Sun Exposure Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      Most people with MS experience increased symptoms in the heat. I find just being in direct sun for any amount of time is enough to stress me out, even before I feel it physically.
    • Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms Overview Created: Friday, March 23, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      Multiple sclerosis (MS) has a wide range of symptoms and signs. From cognitive difficulties to problems controlling muscles, MS can have an effect on almost any body system."
    • Coughing and Multiple Sclerosis Created: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      When you have MS, a cough associated with a cold or bronchitis may last much longer than in people without MS. It is important to see a doctor at the first sign of a cough.
    • Doctor Experiences of People with Multiple Sclerosis - Best and Worst Doctor Experiences Created: Thursday, July 30, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
      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 exper...
    • Heat Intolerance Tips for MS - People with Multiple Sclerosis Share Heat Intolerance Tips Created: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
      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...
    • Exercise Tips for People with Multiple Sclerosis - People with MS Share Exercise Tips Created: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
      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 ...
    • Surviving Holiday Gatherings with Multiple Sclerosis Created: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
      Holidays can be stressful for everyone, but people with multiple sclerosis (MS) face additional challenges for staying festive during this time. Fatigue and other MS symptoms can make it harder for...
    • Ease the Pain of Injections by Finding a Helper Created: Monday, April 14, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
      Having a friend or loved one help you with your medication injections can make the process easier. It is important to understand how to make it easier for someone to help you with your shots.
    • How to Talk to People Who Are Newly Diagnosed With MS Created: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
      People who are newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) will often seek out those of us that have been living with MS for years. Here are some tips on how to be helpful in this situation."
    • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for MS Created: Wednesday, May 02, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
      Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches for multiple sclerosis (MS) are widely used for symptom relief and relaxation. CAM approaches include: yoga, acupuncture, reflexology, chirop...
    • Solve Your MS Problems Created: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
      Every day with MS brings challenges. Standing up for yourself and strategically solving your problems can go a long way in giving you a sense of control over this disease." Sunday, July 18, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
      Effective communication is essential to getting good medical care, especially for people with a disease like multiple sclerosis, where docs rely us to tell us what is going on with symptoms. Optimi...
    • Respiratory Problems in People with Multiple Sclerosis Created: Sunday, June 08, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
      Coughing can be a symptom of multiple sclerosisMany people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have low respiratory function, even though they might not have noticed it or associated it with multiple scle...
    • Organize Your MS Medications Created: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
      It is very useful to have a current list of all your medications - this will help your neurologist and other doctors evaluate your situation. It will also help you, by making sure you are taking the meds correctly and don't run out.
    • People with MS Also Need to See General Practitioners Created: Thursday, January 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014
      People with MS are vulnerable to the same health problems as people without MS - infections, as well as the diseases associated with lifestyle and aging. We all need to see regular doctors in addition to our neurologists to stay as healthy as possible.
    • Needle Fatigue in People with Multiple Sclerosis Created: Thursday, January 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014
      Anyone who injects medications on a regular basis is susceptible to needle fatigue. These tips may help you work through your next bout of needle fatigue associated with MS disease modifying therapies.
    • MS Coping Tips - MS Coping Stories Created: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
      Multiple sclerosis (MS) can overwhelm anyone at times. Many people have developed strategies to help them cope with the hardest moments that this disease can bring. Share yours here.
    • Using Visualization To Reduce Stress When Injecting Created: Sunday, April 20, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
      Visualization can be used to help you give yourself stress-free injections. Visualization uses the natural learning processes of the brain to rehearse situations before they happen in order to perf...
    • Make Injections Easier By Breathing Created: Sunday, April 06, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
      Giving yourself an injection (or having someone else give one to you) can be a very stressful experience. Breathing is the best way to trigger a state of relaxation. Try the Relaxing Breath exercis...
    • Disclosing Your Multiple Sclerosis in the Workplace Created: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
      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 ...

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