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Welcome to NursingMS.com, a nurse-owned website on the topic of Multiple Sclerosis. This site is intended for nurses, patients and families caring for patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Questions are welcome though we do not give medical advice.

We will point you to resources on the internet where you can find more information and answers to your questions.

See also:
Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis, http://www.nursingms.com/exercise/

Living With Multiple Sclerosis, http://www.nursingms.com/living/

Medications, Prescription Drugs, Medicines, http://www.nursingms.com/meds/

Multiple Sclerosis, MS Support Organizations, http://www.nursingms.com/support/

Personal Homepages of MS Patients, http://www.nursingms.com/personal/


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Walk with MS, Ivanhoe Broadcast News:"Nearly 300,000 people in the United States have multiple sclerosis. One of the most common effects of the condition is that walking becomes difficult. Now, doctors hope a new drug will help improve walking and quality of life. A simple walk across the room is not so simple for David Kolodny. "If you can imagine what it's like to walk on stilts or something like that," he says. "It's just real awkward and very unbalancing."
http://www.ivanhoe.com/channels/p_channelstory.cfm?storyid=7348

Walking Unaided, My Multiple Sclerosis:"The medical establishment uses how far I can walk unaided as an indication of the progression of my disease. So I suppose I should report on this. If I'm having an ok day, if I've slept the night before, if I'm not having an exacerbation, and if Jupiter is properly aligned with Mars, I can walk unaided: from the bedroom to the kitchen to make coffee from the kitchen to the living room out to the front yard and clean the snow off my wife's car going downstairs into the basement is not easy, but I can do it."
http://members.shaw.ca/fletch.daf/ms/msWalk.htm

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Information for Children, Children's Hope for Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (CHUMS):"CHUMS is the only multiple sclerosis based non-profit organization in the United States that focuses on supporting a child's need to understand the disease. Life-changing diseases, like MS, can be a scary and difficult thing to explain to a child - especially if you don't really understand it yourself. CHUMS believes that the adult figure in the child's life is his/her best hope for understanding multiple sclerosis so some practical ways to begin talking about this complicated disease are provided throughout the site - particularly in the CHUMS Activities section."
E-mail: slr4chums@aol.com
http://www.chumsweb.org/aboutchums.htm

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Links, Diseasesdatabase.com:"Multiple Sclerosis: chronic disease characterized by presence of numerous areas of demyelination in the central nervous system with symptoms such as weakness, incoordination, paresthesis, and speech disturbances; the etiology is unknown."
100416.1761@compuserve.com
http://www.diseasesdatabase.com/ddb8412.htm

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Resource Center, Healingwell.com:"When asked about MS-specific fatigue, many sufferers anecdotally describe it as "bone-tired". But there is more to fatigue than you may think."
E-mail: webmaster@healingwell.com
http://www.healingwell.com/ms

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Multiple sclerosis (MS), Neurology, Healthcommunities.com sites :"Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive, degenerative disorder that affects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. A fatty substance (called myelin) surrounds and insulates nerve fibers and facilitates the conduction of nerve impulse transmissions. MS is characterized by intermittent damage to myelin (called demyelination) caused by the destruction of specialized cells (oligodendrocytes) that form the substance. Demyelination causes scarring and hardening (sclerosis) of nerve fibers usually in the spinal cord, brain stem, and optic nerves, which slows nerve impulses and results in weakness, numbness, pain, and vision loss."
Healthcommunities.com
136 West Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: 888.950.0808
Fax: 413.587.0387
E-mail: info@healthcommunities.com
http://www.neurologychannel.com/multiplesclerosis/

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Video and Transcripts, Healthology.com:"Information on multiple sclerosis. Learn about multiple sclerosis symptoms as well as treatment and research on MS."
Healthology, Inc.
1333 Broadway, Suite 500
New York, NY 10018
Phone: (212) 431 5100
Fax: (212) 274 8220
E-mail: Info@healthology.com
http://www.healthology.com/focus_index.asp?f=m_sclerosis&b=healthology

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Multiple sclerosis, WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW, Healthsquare.com:"Multiple sclerosis (skler-OH-sus), also called "MS," is a long-term disease of the nervous system. It attacks the fibers in the brain and spinal cord that transmit nerve impulses. These fibers are covered with myelin, a fatty material that surrounds and protects them just as insulation protects electrical wires. If this myelin sheathing is damaged or destroyed---as it is in MS---nerve messages to and from the brain are disrupted. Symptoms of MS begin slowly and affect each person differently. The disease also has quiet and active periods. When you have few or no symptoms, you are said to be in remission---a period that may last months or years. A relapse occurs when the symptoms return. The disease is more common in white people than in those of other races, and it affects more women than men. It usually starts between the ages of 20 and 40. It is also more common in cold climates."
HealthSquare.com
Choice Media, Inc.
68 East Main St.
Somerville, NJ 08876
comments@healthsquare.com
http://www.healthsquare.com/mc/fgmc1619.htm

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Multiple Sclerosis, Patient Education Resource, Healthtalk:Offers program participation plus replays of previously scheduled programs, and various links to symptom management sites.
HealthTalk Interactive
Exclusively from HealthTalk Interactive Inc.
Fisher Plaza West
100 Fourth Avenue N., Suite 460
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206.352.4066
Fax: 206.284.5749
E-mail: info@healthtalk.com
http://www.healthtalk.com/msen/index.html

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), General Information, Intelihealth.com:Topics include "Learning the Basics," "Take Action Now," and "Current Research."
Aetna InteliHealth Inc.
960C Harvest Drive
P.O. Box 1097
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Attention: Customer Service
E-mail: comments@intelihealth.com
http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/8320/8320.html

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Questions to Ask, Ivillagehealth.com:"Review the following 'Questions To Ask' about multiple sclerosis (MS) so you're prepared to discuss this important health issue with your health care professional.
1. Are there any tests I need to undergo to help determine whether or not I have MS?
2. Which type of MS do I seem to have?
3. Which symptoms might I experience with this type of MS?
4. What medications are available to help slow the progress of the disease? How effective are they, and do they cause any side effects?
5. What medications are available to me to help control the symptoms of MS and what kinds of side effects should I expect?
6. Are there any lifestyle changes I could make to live better with the disease?
7. How much help from other people will I need?
8. What are the resources for people with MS?
9. Can I have children? Are there risks to the baby or me?
10. How likely is it that my children will develop MS?
Ivillage Health
500 Seventh Avenue Street, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-600-6518
E-mail: feedback@mail.ivillage.com
http://www.ivillagehealth.com/library/nwh/content/0,,215912_227221,00.ht

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Overview, Mayo Clinic:"Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, potentially debilitating disease that affects your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). The illness is probably an autoimmune disease, which means your immune system responds as if part of your body is a foreign substance."
Mayo Clinic
200 First St. S.W.
Rochester, MN 55905
Contact by E-mail
http://www.mayoclinic.com/invoke.cfm?id=DS00188&

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Articles, Medicinenet.com:"Multiple sclerosis (MS) was first described in Holland by a 14th century physician. It is a disease in which the nerves of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) degenerate. Myelin, which provides a covering or insulation for nerves, improves the conduction of impulses along the nerves and also is important for maintaining the health of the nerves. In MS, inflammation causes the myelin to degenerate and eventually disappear. Consequently, the electrical impulses that travel along the nerves decelerate. Late in the disease, the nerves themselves are damaged. As more and more nerves are affected, a patient experiences a progressive interference with functions that are controlled by the nervous system such as vision, speech, walking, writing, and memory."
Medicinenet.com
MedicineNet, Inc.
903 Calle Amanecer, Suite 300
San Clemente, CA 92673
Phone: 949.940.6500
Fax: 949.940.1094
E-mail: webmaster@medicinenet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/Multiple_Sclerosis/article.htm

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Latest News, MEDLINE Plus :"LONDON (Reuters) - The biggest study of the use of cannabis to relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis, or MS, produced mixed results, but doctors said there is enough evidence to warrant licensing the treatment for the illness.
Although there was no objective evidence that cannabis relieved muscle spasms, caused by the disease, patients reported some improvements in pain, rigidity and mobility.
There were also fewer relapses in multiple sclerosis patients given cannabis capsules or extract than in sufferers taking a placebo."
MEDLINE Plus
Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20894
Phone: (301) 496-6308
Fax: (301) 496-4450
E-mail: publicinfo@nlm.nih.gov
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/multiplesclerosis.html

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Fact Sheet, MossRehab ResourceNet :"Although multiple sclerosis (MS) was first diagnosed in 1849, the earliest known description of a person with possible MS dates from fourteenth century Holland. An unpredictable disease of the central nervous system, MS can range from relatively benign to somewhat disabling to devastating as communication between the brain and other parts of the body is disrupted."
MossRehab ResourceNet
MossRehab Hospital
1200 West Tabor Road
Philadelphia, PA
USA
19141-3099
Phone: 215-456-9900
E-mail: staff@mossresourcenet.org
http://www.mossresourcenet.org/ms.htm

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Living with MS, MSActiveSource.com :"Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system affecting both young and old. This special section of MS ActiveSource gives you a general overview of MS, including information on the disease and its diagnosis, treatment options, and symptom management techniques."
Call toll free: 1-800-456-2255 Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 8:00 pm EST
http://www.msactivesource.com/application/msas?dest=%2Fportals%2Fmsas%2Fhome.jsp

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Website Links, MS Net Guide :"On this site you will find links to MS associations and organizations, professional neurology and MS journals, chat forums and message boards, clinical trial listings, insurance information, and general information about MS. Also available is the original MS Patient's Guide that includes brief descriptions of the sites profiled."
Intellisphere, LLC
Office Center at Princeton Meadows
666 Plainsboro Road
Building 300, Suite 300
Plainsboro, NJ 08536-9979
Phone: (609)716-7777
Fax: (609)716-4747
E-mail: info@mdnetguide.com
http://www.msnetguide.com/index.shtml

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Online MS Community, MSWatch.com :"Dedicated to helping manage multiple sclerosis, MSWatch is one of the largest online communities for people with MS and their CarePartners in the US. Members have access to the latest information and research, answers from experts, and important tools that help manage multiple sclerosis and are automatically enrolled in MS University™."
Contact us
http://www.mswatch.com/MSWatch/Inc/Public.asp

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Resources, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation :"Common symptoms of MS include fatigue, weakness, spasticity, balance problems, bladder and bowel problems, numbness, vision loss, tremors and depression.
Not all symptoms affect all MS patients. No two persons have the same complaints; no one develops all of the symptoms."
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
6350 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309-2130
E-mail: support@msfocus.org
http://www.msfocus.org/

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Information, Multiple Sclerosis Association of America:"No one has yet uncovered causes nor discovered cures for multiple sclerosis, but researchers continually wrestle with new aspects of this disease, determined to find new treatments. Unfortunately, the symptoms of MS are numerous and varied, confounding researchers and caregivers alike. The intensity of symptoms ranges from inconvenient and annoying to disabling and life threatening."
MSAA Headquarters
706 Haddonfield Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Phone: 1-800-532-7667
E-mail: msaa@msaa.com
http://www.msaa.com/

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Research, Multiple Sclerosis National Research Institute :"The Multiple Sclerosis National Research Institute is a division of Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies , a not-for-profit basic research center dedicated to the discovery and development of innovative research methods that lead to treatments for major medical conditions, including multiple sclerosis, AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, pain, heart disease, many types of cancer, and more."
Multiple Sclerosis National Research Institute
3550 General Atomics Court
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: 858-455-3712
Toll Free: 1-866-676-7400
Fax: 858-455-3804
E-mail: ms-research@ms-national-research.org
http://www.ms-national-research.org/

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), General Information, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke :"Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a life-long chronic disease diagnosed primarily in young adults. During an MS attack, inflammation occurs in areas of the white matter of the central nervous system (nerve fibers that are the site of MS lesions) in random patches called plaques. This process is followed by destruction of myelin, which insulates nerve cell fibers in the brain and spinal cord. Myelin facilitates the smooth, high-speed transmission of electrochemical messages between the brain, the spinal cord, and the rest of the body."
NIH Neurological Institute
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Phone: (800) 352-9424 or (301) 496-5751
TTY (for people using adaptive equipment): (301) 468-5981
E-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/health_and_medical/disorders/multiple_sclerosis.htm

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Comprehensive Site, National Multiple Sclerosis Society:"The mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is to end the devastating effects of MS. The Society and its network of chapters nationwide promote research, educate, advocate on critical issues, and organize a wide range of programs- including support for the newly diagnosed and those living with MS over time."
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
733 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
E-mail: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/contactus/index.asp
http://www.nmss.org/

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Articles, PersonalMD.com:"The cause of multiple sclerosis is still unknown. For reasons not yet understood, random areas of the fatty substance (myelin) that covers nerve fibers is lost. The myelin normally insulates entire nerve fibers. It helps nerve messages to be properly conducted to and from the brain. The areas of myelin that are lost are called plaques. The symptoms of multiple sclerosis depend on where these plaques are in the central nervous system."
PersonalMD.com
4725 First Street
Suite 275
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone: 925 417 6840
Fax: 925 600 7568
E-mail: webmaster@PersonalMD.com
http://www.personalmd.com/cgi-bin/texis.exe/webinator/newsearch

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Complementary and Alternative Therapies, Rocky Mountain MS Center:"Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is becoming increasingly popular, especially among people with chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Unfortunately, objective and accurate CAM information related specifically to MS is difficult to find. Accordingly, we built this Site. Our community currently consists of 15,203 people, 10,202 of whom have registered as having MS. These users contribute information about their experiences with MS, mostly as it relates to CAM, in an effort to provide some guidance to others. In other words, we are attempting to measure the community's experience with MS so that this information is available to you."
E-mail: contactus@mscenter.org
http://www.ms-cam.org/

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Educational Resource, Understandingms.com:"Welcome to Understanding MS, your premier online resource for multiple sclerosis information. Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that is usually first diagnosed in young adults. Understanding MS offers people living with multiple sclerosis and their families and friends comprehensive yet clear information about multiple sclerosis diagnosis and treatment. Join experts as they review multiple sclerosis symptoms, treatment options and treatment issues. See how people living with multiple sclerosis communicate with their healthcare providers and seek support to learn how to achieve a high quality of life."
E-mail: info@understandingms.com
http://www.understandingms.com/

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Patient Care, Research, and Education, Washington University School of Medicine Department of Neurology :
"The mission of the site is: To combat multiple sclerosis through Patient Care, Research, and Education to fulfill the following objectives:
To diagnose and/or confirm the diagnosis of MS.
To provide medical treatment for MS and manage symptoms to help patients maintain normal lifestyles.
To educate medical and lay persons - particularly family members of MS patients - about MS.
To perform research that will ultimately result in preventing MS and treating those already afflicted."
Department of Neurology, CAMPUS Box 8111
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave.
St Louis, MO 63110
Phone: +1-314-362-7177
FAX: +1-314-362-2826
E-mail: demediuk@neuro.wustl.edu
http://www.neuro.wustl.edu/MS/

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Multiple Sclerosis Health Center, WebMD:
"Multiple sclerosis affects 2.5 million people worldwide, including 400,000 Americans. Get in-depth information here on multiple sclerosis symptoms and treatments. Plus, find daily help in our online support group."
WebMD
1175 Peachtree Road, NE
Suite 2400
Atlanta, GA 30361
Phone: (212)-624-3700
E-mail: service@webmd.net
http://my.webmd.com/medical_information/condition_centers/multiple_sclerosis/default.htm

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Natural Remedies, WholehealthMD.com :"Multiple sclerosis can seem like the cruelest disease. We've all heard of cases where a young adult, once in the bloom of health, becomes disabled and confined to a wheelchair. And while it's true that MS attacks healthy young people, fortunately very few cases lead to rapid disability. By far the common MS "story" is one of flare-ups followed by very long disease-free periods, so that disability, if it does occur at all, may not happen for decades."
Wholehealthmd.com
American WholeHealth, Inc.
Corporate Headquarters
45999 Center Oak Plaza
Suite 100
Sterling, VA 20166
Phone: (703) 430-2511
Fax: (703) 430-9227
E-mail: contactus@awhinc.com
http://www.wholehealthmd.com/hc/resourceareas_view/1,1438,493,00.html

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