Mandy Crest, Patient Expert

Mandy wrote for HealthCentral as patient expert for Multiple Sclerosis.

The Montel/Oprah M.S. Misfire

I admit it – I don’t watch Oprah. But so many people told me about Montel Williams’ March 17 appearance on her show that I had to get my hands on a copy. I heard it was an extremely powerful piece about multiple sclerosis. Immediately, I was startled ...
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Diagnosing MS: The EMG Test

If your doctor suspects that you have multiple sclerosis, but you haven’t yet been diagnosed, chances are you’ll be taking an EMG test. EMG stands for electromyogram. The purpose of the EMG is to assess the health of muscles by measuring their respon...
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Mountain Climbing with Multiple Sclerosis

Get out your boots and strap on a harness… we’re going mountain climbing Living with multiple sclerosis is much like climbing a mountain. So says Wendy Broker, the mountain climber who happens to have MS. Still, she has already climbed to the tallest ...
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Cognitive Function Hot Button

Physical manifestations of multiple sclerosis are one thing. But to feel that sharpness… that edge you once had… slowly slipping away, is quite another. When other symptoms of MS strike, many of us turn to intellectual and creative pursuits to fill t...
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Precursor to MS... Too Much Information?

What if doctors discovered that you have a precursor to multiple sclerosis… would you want to be told? If so, what would you do with this information? A recent study indicates that MRI of the brain may be able to serve as a warning of sign of MS yet ...
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