Friday, July 25, 2014

Lisa Emrich's Posts

Exercise, Education, or Medication: Which is Better for Fighting MS-Related Fatigue?

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) affecting up to 90% of people with MS.  Fatigue has the power to negatively impact any aspect of a person’s life.  The type of fatigue which people with MS experience is often described as a feeling of extreme mental or physical exhaustion.  It can interfere... Read moreChevron

Bladder Dysfunction and MS: Always Test for Infection Before Using Steroids

Living with multiple sclerosis for more than 9 years now, I’ve come to be able to ‘read’ my disease fairly well.  I can predict when symptoms may act up, such as during the summer heat and humidity, and I usually know when I should call the doctor.  Earlier this spring, however, I completely misread my symptoms.... Read moreChevron

Hot Topics and MS Research News for June 2014

How common is sexual dysfunction in women with MS? Sexual dysfunction is very common in MS but it is not highly discussed.  Studies report that up to 84.6% of women with MS experience at least one sexual dysfunction.  Approximately 34.8% of MS women experience 5 or more sexual dysfunctions while 12.9% experience 10 or more. ... Read moreChevron

HealthCentral Launches the #LiveBold Anti-Stigma Photo Contest

Multiple sclerosis can be a big bully. It can bring you to your knees, quite literally and figuratively.  MS puts up roadblocks and may cause you to ‘take the scenic route’ or it may require that you slow down, simplify, and prioritize.  Unfortunately, many chronic illnesses carry stigma (or negative misperception). ... Read moreChevron

Living with MS: Overcoming Self-imposed Stigma

Have you ever found yourself choosing to NOT tell someone you have MS because you were concerned that they would suddenly think you were not capable of something?  Have you avoided using a mobility aid in public because you felt like it was a ‘crutch’? If so, you may have been self-imposing the negative feelings associated with a... Read moreChevron