Coping with MS and Mental Health MultipleSclerosis.net
Mental Health & Chronic Illness: Therapy Myths. Living with a chronic illness like multiple sclerosis is challenging, not only physically, but mentally as well. For some people, a diagnosis alone is enough to cause considerable mental anguish
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MS & Health Insurance
(7 days ago) Health insurance coverage is important for anyone but especially so for someone who has MS. In some countries, such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany, patients access medical care through the country’s national health system. In countries with a national health system, care is financed (paid for) primarily by the government.
Building Your Healthcare Team MultipleSclerosis.net
(Just Now) You are your best advocate when it comes to receiving the best health care you can get. My neurologist now really addresses all of my issues and concerns. However, I also feel comfortable enough and trust him enough, to be completely open and honest with him.
(9 days ago) The diagnosis of MS is a clinical diagnosis, meaning that the physician relies less on specific test results, but more on symptoms reported by the patient as a part of the medical history and signs detected by the physician during the neurologic exam.. Evidence of disease activity
Medical history MultipleSclerosis.net
(5 days ago) The medical history will give your neurologist a subjective view of your life and health issues. Your neurologist will consider both subjective information from the medical history and objective information from the neurologic exam, in additional to any other tests chosen, to …
MS and Comorbidities: When MS Isn't Your Only Health
(8 days ago) The most common health issues among people with MS from our survey were neuropathy (48%), being overweight or having obesity (40%), mood disorders (33%), hypertension or high blood pressure (30%), and migraines (30%). Comorbidities versus secondary conditions
(2 days ago) Caregivers are the unsung heroes in health care and as the numbers and needs grow, it’s apparent our medical system must recognize this need and add ways to assist. I think of caregiving as much like caring for a young child, or even an infant – you have to be vigilant, go without sleep, postpone your own needs for those of a child.
Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements MultipleSclerosis.net
(7 days ago) Vitamin A is an important vitamin for eye health as well as normal cell growth throughout the body. Sources of vitamin A include liver, eggs, and cod liver oil. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin which is stored in the body and may accumulate over time. Therefore, you should avoid taking too much of …
Understanding How FMLA Can Help MultipleSclerosis.net
(2 days ago) Specifically, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides job protection to individuals with chronic health conditions like multiple sclerosis if the following applies: Your company employees at least 15 people, You worked for your employer a total of …
(9 days ago) Rehabilitation. The rehabilitation plan for a person with MS depends on the nature of that individual’s disability or disabilities and may involve the expertise of a broad range of health professionals, including a physiatrist (a health professional who specializes in rehabilitation), a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, or specialists in speech/language and other functional
Depression & Mental Health MultipleSclerosis.net
(9 days ago) There is agreement among mental health experts that the best treatment for major depression is a combination of antidepressant medication and psychotherapy or counseling. While each type of treatment can provide some relief for depression independently, a …
Chronic Illness In Entertainment: The Accuracy of the
(Just Now) Recently, I binged through an FX channel series from a few years back called The Shield.Starring Michael Chiklis, CCH Pounder, and Walter Goggins, it follows the police unit of a fictional district of Los Angeles.
What Can I Expect at a Neurological Exam for MS
(8 days ago) Cranial nerve function. As part of the neurologic exam, the doctor will check the function of cranial nerves that control senses, such as sight, taste, and hearing, and motor movement, including the movement of your eyes and the muscles involved in speech.
Brain Health: Time Matters in MS
(1 days ago) The report on Brain Health also discusses the disparities in access to care that happens around the world and even within the United States, a topic that is so large I will save for a separate article. Brain Health: Time Matters in Multiple Sclerosis, was compiled by the international experts with the support of many advocacy organizations and
How Will I Pay for My MS Medications
(1 days ago) If you have private health insurance, or get insurance through your employer, speak with an insurance representative. (Many MS Center's know there is usually a social worker on hand who can help with insurance matters.) Also, know your rights under The Affordable Care Act. In 2014 people with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied
How I Built My Healthcare Team MultipleSclerosis.net
(6 days ago) Mental health professionals. This is an incomplete list of specialists you might need to visit during your MS journey. Mental health support, for example, is a field with which many MS patients develop an intimate familiarity.
The Importance of Keeping Your Gut Healthy When You Have
(9 days ago) This study was funded by the National MS Society, the National Institutes of Health and the Harvard Digestive Disease Center. The team (Drs. Sushrut Jangi, Howard L. Weiner, and colleagues from Harvard’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston) has published results in Nature Communications ( Published online June 28, 2016 ).
Ruling Out Other Conditions MultipleSclerosis.net
(4 days ago) While MS is the most common cause of demyelination, other health conditions can cause similar nerve damage, including viral infections, severe vitamin B12 deficiency, and other autoimmune diseases. Many of the conditions, involving nerve damage which may resemble MS lesions on an MRI scan, are somewhat rare.
(6 days ago) It provides access to highly reputable health care providers, particularly in university towns such as Tucson. But the oppressive heat of the southwest can greatly compromise the quality of daily life for a person with MS. Moreover, the ideal climates of the Pacific Northwest—Oregon, Washington State, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska
Looking For More Health Insurance
(9 days ago) CAUTION: PLEASE GIVE THIS PERSON A VERY HARD TIME ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE DUE TO A DIAGNOSIS OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. PLEASE MAKE HER FEEL LIKE A NON-PERSON. During holiday season the Ho, Ho, Ho feeling that was supposed to happen was quashed by the seemingly fruitless search for either secondary or long-term care insurance.
Why Self-Care is Important When Living with MS
(5 days ago) Remember that you’re worthy of self-care. It doesn’t matter what others say, putting your needs first means you know your health is a priority. Doing this creates positive feelings about yourself, boosts self-esteem and confidence and lets others know …
Caregiver Perspective: Right to Decide MultipleSclerosis.net
(3 days ago) I know all about Lynn’s health and the medications he takes. After years of observing what works and what doesn’t, I not only manage the triggers that produce fatigue to reduce their effects but recognize immediately signs of immune distress. If there is a change in color, texture or other body reaction, I’m immediately clued in that
Is It OK to Drink Alcohol with Multiple Sclerosis
(4 days ago) The possible health benefits of alcohol. For some people, however, there can be a few benefits that come with moderate alcohol consumption. You’ve likely heard about numerous studies that show that there are potential positive effects on heart health.
Depression, Anxiety, & MS
(6 days ago) Many people who have MS experience not only physical symptoms like spasticity, pain, and weakness, but also emotional symptoms like depression and anxiety. Unfortunately there is a stigma associated with mental health in general, which can make it …
Achieving Psychological Wellbeing in MS
(3 days ago) We are a group of health care providers interested in promoting the psychological well-being and mental health of every patient with MS. We would like to better understand how people with MS from different backgrounds think about and experience mental health. This study is part of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Multiple Sclerosis Health Information & Community
(7 days ago) How Technology Brings Both Convenience and Confusion: Results of the Connected Health Survey. Sometimes, it feels like we are surrounded by technology. Apps, devices, trackers, and gadgets are everywhere! In this digital age, …
Let's Address The Elephant in the Room-Depression and MS
(3 days ago) Learning how to cope with all aspects of MS, including your emotional health is huge. There are so many coping strategies out there that can help you rediscover the daily pleasures and wonderful things about life. As much as we all can try, we cannot control or prevent depression by mere willpower and determination. Depression just happens, and
MS & My Party Hand: When MS Isn't Our Only Issue
(8 days ago) The combination of MS with other health-related issues can make the disease exceptionally worse for some. Party hand. My left hand is missing the end half of all its fingers. Some of the remaining finger parts have bone in them, some do not. I’m able to use it …
How Creating a Gratitude List Can Help Us Better Manage
(7 days ago) We all need a break from the news, to devote time to taking better care of ourselves. According to a 2014 article in Forbes, there are 7 scientifically proven benefits to being grateful that include finding new relationships, improving physical and psychological health, …
Myelin Relies on Good Sleep for Best Function
(6 days ago) The researchers in the Glia article point to a close relationship between the process of sleep and myelin health. Comprehensive studies (genetic, chemical, human) continue to show that our bodies can better maintain healthy brain tissue when given adequate sleep. Sleep provides the body and brain key opportunities to heal damage (including
Moving & Finding a New Health Care Team
(Just Now) If you have read my profile (or even the small bio at the bottom of any of my posts) you know that I recently moved from Southern California to Colorado. I wanted a fresh start, a clean slate, a new life; unfortunately that also meant finding a new health care team. For anyone with a chronic illness like Multiple Sclerosis (or anything else that requires medical attention/treatment) this can
The Importance of Talking About Your Struggles
(1 days ago) Something I have always known, but maybe not been so good at, is the fact that we as people need to talk about our problems. Some people, especially those not living with a chronic disease like Multiple Sclerosis, may not be big on talking things out and that is ok.In my experience however, after having talked to hundreds and hundreds of MS patients over the years, it seems to be really
Depressed for the "Right" Reason: MS & Mental Healthcare
(8 days ago) The importance of talking about mental health But hopefully, my experience can somehow help others dealing with the same things. Hopefully, as more and more people living with MS grow comfortable talking about their depression (or other mental health issues ), the people working in the various healthcare careers that the MS community depends on
(1 days ago) RXassist is an online service designed to help uninsured patients find programs that offer free or low-cost health care. They include Community Health Centers, Free Clinics, Hospitals, Social Services Agencies, and Insurance choices. Charity clinics. These can be funded by both secular and religious organizations.
Health Disparities in the MS Community from MSAA
(7 days ago) The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) invites you to join us for the latest webinar in our Health Disparities in the MS Community series.. Featuring MS expert neurologist Mitzi Joi Williams, MD (above), “The African American Experience & Multiple Sclerosis” will be live on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST. This webinar will provide the latest news and
How Circadian Rhythms Influence Autoimmune Disease
(1 days ago) However, good health, as described at Harvard's Healthy Sleep website, is composed of not two, but three pillars: nutrition, exercise, and sleep. Just as a chair can't stand with less than three legs, one's overall health and well-being cannot remain balanced if only two of the three pillars of health are given attention.
Caregiver Perspective: Mental Health Caregiving
(5 days ago) Throughout Lynn’s journey with MS, we have been fortunate that he has rarely had to deal with any form of mental health impairment. Having primary progressive MS, long ago, he lost his ability to move productively any of his limbs and needs assistance with bowel and bladder functions.However, his mind has always functioned well.
The Blame Game: Yourself
(2 days ago) Seek out a mental health professional and discuss your feelings before they cause you harm. Being diagnosed with a chronic illness is traumatic and should be treated as such from a mental health perspective. A word about friends and family. Everything I’ve said here goes for the friends and family of those with MS as well.
How to Manage the Stress and Confusion About Health as We
(6 days ago) The older I get the more confused I become about my health. That sounds odd coming from this midlife woman because we’re supposed to get smarter as we age.But my health issues have grown exponentially this year and I’m running in different …
MS Fatigue & Pain: It's a Vicious Cycle
(1 days ago) Has anyone been so tired and fatigued going to the doctor idea is tears, blankets and covers.also with other health issues such as heart etc the call on all MS is a difficult diagnosis.My own doctor said..remembering we are PRACTISING medicine…practicing on you,,,,
Access to Care
(6 days ago) COVID-19 has forced the remote treatment issue and doctors and health care systems are reaching out to offer their services by phone. My husband has COPD, and has regularly scheduled appointments with a pulmonologist. This lung doctor’s scheduler called him the other day and he paused during the call to ask me, does his computer have a camera?
The Comorbidity Quandary
(4 days ago) It is one thing to talk health, its another to use it as a battering ram or as a way to belittle my multiple sclerosis. Issues related to my hip or walking are automatically assumed to be from being fat. That is until it was discovered that muscle laxity caused by multiple sclerosis was the primary factor. The same with arm spasticity.
How to Stay Informed and Educated with Multiple Sclerosis
(Just Now) I’ve had many people contact me via social media for suggestions on how they can stay up-to-date on the world of MS and be as educated as possible when it comes to what’s going on with medications, clinical trials, etc.While there are many different ways for people to stay educated and fully understand what’s going on in the research of multiple sclerosis, there are many different ways