Top Multiple Sclerosis Posts of 2017

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Before we move into 2018, it’s a great time to review the most popular multiple sclerosis articles published on Health Central in 2017.

From personal stories, embarrassing stories, and inspirational stories to research news, bizarre symptoms, and talks of life changes due to MS, we covered a little of everything.

Life changes with MS

A chronic condition like MS may mean not being able to enjoy the things you did before diagnosis — but it can also result in new pursuits and pleasures.

Read about the 3 things Lisa misses most about life before multiple sclerosis.

Life is created from memorable moments

MS Moments: Urinary Incontinence in the Street

Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing symptom of multiple sclerosis that can occur at the most inopportune moments.

Fear of Change: A Relapsing MS Moment

Handling the ups and downs of multiple sclerosis takes practice, patience, and persistence.

Celebrating caregivers

My Husband, My Caregiver

Caregiving takes practice when MS is a third wheel in the relationship.

A Balancing Act: Being a Caregiver for a Wife With MS

In 1992, Liz Hoy was diagnosed with MS. Since then, her husband Mike has cared for her and been a tireless advocate on her behalf.

Being a Caregiver When You Have a Chronic Illness

It’s necessary to focus on self-care before you can care for a loved one in crisis.

Answering important questions

Weakness, Numbness, and Tingling in My Hands: Is it MS or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Distinguishing between the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and those of other conditions can be difficult at times.

Is Gut Bacteria Associated With MS?

The gut microbiome is a hot research topic these days. Some studies suggest that gut health might be associated with multiple sclerosis.

So how are you really doing?

The many shades of “I’m Fine.”

When you’re living with a chronic condition, it’s not always easy to answer when people ask, “How are you?”

Focusing on mental health may help you to clean out the emotional clutter of MS.

Exercise to improve MS symptoms

Benefits of Tai Chi for Multiple Sclerosis

Tai Chi, a mindfulness-based exercise program, has been studied in clinical trials to determine if it improves multiple sclerosis symptoms.

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy?

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is an exercise-based treatment program designed to improve your brain’s ability to adapt to vestibular problems and to use other senses to compensate for deficiencies.

Be more than your MS

Shining in a Glamorous World

Lacy Gadegaard, founder and owner of Laced Hair Extensions, gets candid about how being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis saved her life.

How Does Personality Affect Cognition in MS?

Personality traits, such as openness to new experiences, may help to protect memory function and cognition in people living with MS.

Maintain access to accessible parking

Accessible parking is one of the more controversial issues in the MS community. Many people have mixed feeling about the need to park in spaces that offer increased access.

So, why should you get a disabled parking placard?

Once you have your placard, be sure to park within the lines of the designated spaces. Others need to park there too.

Here’s how NOT to park in the accessible parking space.

Facing common symptoms of MS

A Wintry Mix: The Effect of Cold Temperatures on MS Symptoms

While some people with multiple sclerosis are heat intolerant and have trouble during the summer, others are sensitive to cold temperatures.

What Can Cause Dizziness in MS?

Dizziness associated with multiple sclerosis is about more than vertigo or loss of balance.

Why Does MS Make My Legs Hurt?

Pain in MS comes in many forms — neuropathic pain, musculoskeletal pain, spasticity, and spasms; each can make your legs hurt.

And less common MS symptoms

MS and My Bloodhound Nose

Hyperosmia, an increased sense of smell, is one of those weird MS things I’ve learned to live with.

MS Signs and Symptoms: Loss of Taste or Hypogeusia

Smell and taste are closely related, but an altered sense of taste may signal MS progression.

MS Signs and Symptoms: What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a symptom of multiple sclerosis that causes intense pain in the face and jaw.

Welcoming 2018

As we look forward to 2018, we invite you to live BOLD, live NOW, and be empowered to take control of your health. Please join us in our MS HealthCentral Facebook community and follow us on Twitter @MSHealthCentral.