The treatment of MS takes three forms - (1) steroids for acute attacks; (2) medication, therapy, and/or devices to help manage symptoms and disability; and (3) disease-modifying therapies and/or lifestyle changes to tackle the progression of the disease.
Amy is talking about symptom management this week. I'd like to give you links to several posts which have been written on the topic as well.
Fatigue and Taking Provigil for Fatigue
Spasticity and Taking Baclofen and Stretching for Spasticity
Bladder Dysfunction and Bowel Dysfunction
Speech Dysfunction (Dysarthria) and "I'm Not Drunk, I just have MS!!"
Sexual Dysfunction and MS (6-part series)
Pain and MS: Treatment
The "MS Huge" Demystified
Mental Health and MS: Depression Treatments
What causes Cognitive Symptoms in MS?
Cognitive Function, MS, and Neuropsychology
What are YOUR common MS symptoms and what do you do to manage them?
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Alternative Names Backache; Low back pain; Lumbar pain; Pain - back; Acute back pain; Back pain - new; Back pain - short-term Symptoms You may feel a variety of symptoms if you've hurt your back. You may have a tingling or burning sensation, a dull achy feeling, or sharp pain. Depending on the cause, you also may have weakness in your legs or feet. Low back pain can vary widely. The pain may be mild, or it can be so severe that you are unable to move. Depending on the cause of your back pain, you may also have pain in your leg, hip, or bottom of your foot. See: Sciatica Signs and tests When you first see your doctor, you will be asked questions about your back pain, including how often it occurs and how severe it is. Your doctor will try to determine the cause of your back pain and whether it is likely to quickly get better with simple measures such as ice, mild painkillers, physical therapy, and proper exercises. Most of the time, back pain will get better using these approaches. Questions w...
Did you know that hip bursitis can mimic back pain? Even though doctors know this, 20 percent of the LBP cases caused by hip bursitis aren't properly diagnosed. There are many possible reasons for this. Hip bursitis is a painful irritation on the side of the upper part of the hip. A jelly-like sac called the bursa sits between the hipbone and a tendon. It's designed to offer a cushion for the tendon as it slides over the bone. Hip bursitis is part of a larger group of problems called greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS). GTPS is most common in middle age--just about when many vague aches and pains begin. At first, the symptoms of GTPS may be too hard to pinpoint. This prevents a correct diagnosis. The painful symptoms may move down the thigh to the knee with numbness and tingling present. These symptoms are just like another problem called lumbar radiculopathy. Radiculopathy occurs when pressure from a spinal disc, tumor, or bone spur causes shooting pain and numbness down the leg...
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