Latest by Vicki

Smoking and MS

Smoking and MS have a poor relationship. Smoking cigarettes affects the Central Nervous System, and for MSers, that system is already seriously struggling. Today I am writing about the unique and constant relationship of smoking and MS as I understan...

Is Multiple Sclerosis Hereditary?

While genetics have been shown, through many years of research, to be a factor for MS, environmental and immunological factors are influential as well.

Bed, MS and Me, Part II

Bedridden to me means daily hygiene, medication, physical needs, and degrees of disability, but abilities, too - all in bed. It is confinement, dependence and boredom, and, it is also a time to rest and recuperate, read and write, watch television an...

Menopause and MS: My Perspective

Today I will talk about Menopause and MS. Menopause is like MS in that it is an individual condition, with different symptoms and individual reactions. What happens when these two conditions meet? Menopause naturally occurs for women between ages 45 ...

RRMS and PPMS - A Comparison, Part II

Only 10 percent of people with multiple sclerosis are affected by the Primary Progressive type. Here is a comparison between PPMS and Relapsing Remitting MS (RRMS).

RRMS and PPMS - A Comparison, Part I

Part one of a comparison between Primary Progressive MS (PPMS) and compare this type of MS with Relapsing/Remitting MS (RRMS), the most common type.

Finding Happiness in MS

We all want to be happy, but some of us MSers think happiness is no longer an option. MS and depression have a well-known relationship. An estimated 40 to 60 percent of MS patients live with depression sometime during our lifetimes. But there is no s...

Suicide and Multiple Sclerosis

Although MS is not a fatal disease, severe depression accounts for 3 to 15 percent of MS deaths by suicide.

Pediatric MS: Is it MS?

When a child exhibits MS-like symptoms, it probably means he or she has a problem with myelin. Whether the diagnosis turns out to be MS or not depends on the condition and the lesions.

MS Relationships: Co-Workers and MS

Toward the beginning of my journey down the MS path, before the diagnosis, I was already walking with a cane. Everyone who worked with me knew I had some kind of health problem. When I began going through tests to find the unknown reason for all of m...