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
Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing symptom of multiple sclerosis that can occur at the most inopportune moments.
Handling the ups and downs of multiple sclerosis takes practice, patience, and persistence.
Caregiving takes practice when MS is a third wheel in the relationship.
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.
It’s necessary to focus on self-care before you can care for a loved one in crisis.
Answering important questions
Distinguishing between the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and those of other conditions can be difficult at times.
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?
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
Tai Chi, a mindfulness-based exercise program, has been studied in clinical trials to determine if it improves multiple sclerosis symptoms.
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
Lacy Gadegaard, founder and owner of Laced Hair Extensions, gets candid about how being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis saved her life.
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.
Once you have your placard, be sure to park within the lines of the designated spaces. Others need to park there too.
Facing common symptoms of MS
While some people with multiple sclerosis are heat intolerant and have trouble during the summer, others are sensitive to cold temperatures.
Dizziness associated with multiple sclerosis is about more than vertigo or loss of balance.
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
Hyperosmia, an increased sense of smell, is one of those weird MS things I’ve learned to live with.
Smell and taste are closely related, but an altered sense of taste may signal MS progression.
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a symptom of multiple sclerosis that causes intense pain in the face and jaw.
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.
Lisa Emrich is a patient advocate, accomplished speaker, author of the award-winning blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA, and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers. Lisa uses her experience to educate patients, raise disease awareness, encourage self-advocacy, and support patient-centered research. Lisa frequently works with non-profit organizations and has brought the patient voice to health care conferences and meetings worldwide. Follow Lisa on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.