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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Managing Common MS Treatment Side Effects


All medications have side effects. They may be unpleasant to deal with, but there are ways you may be able to handle them.

Some medications have rare but serious side effects. With these medications, a potential side effect may be severe but the likelihood of experiencing that side effect is very small.

One important thing to remember is that staying on treatment is important in helping you manage your MS. If you aren’t happy with your treatment, talk to your doctor about different options before stopping treatment.

Choosing your MS medication is one of the most important decisions you and your doctor will make. That's why it's so important to weigh the potential benefits and risks of each MS therapy before making your decision. You may find that not taking the most effective therapy for you is more of a risk than the potential side effects of your MS therapy.

With any medication there is the potential for rare and serious side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider about any questions you may have about side effects.

Injection-related Side Effects

If you experience injection-site reactions such as swelling, redness, and pain, try:
  • Rotating your injection site-don't go back to a site for two weeks
  • Leaving a healthy amount of room between your injection sites
  • Placing something cold on the injection site before and after injection
  • Avoiding using perfumes or creams near the injection site
  • Washing your hands and the injection site with soap before injection
Unfortunately, some injection-site reactions are more severe and can't be treated, such as lipoatrophy (loss of fat cells that may cause a permanent dent at the injection site—there is no treatment available for this) and necrosis (destruction and death of the tissue surrounding the sites of injection).
For flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, and aches), talk to your healthcare provider, who may recommend the following:
Try:
  • Over-the-counter medicine for pain and fever-reduction
  • Taking your injections at night to sleep through the effects
  • Schedule your injections over the weekend so you can relax



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Friday, January 28, 2011

MS patient gets 'liberation' therapy abroad, struggles to find followup care at home

BY HANNAH SCISSONS, POSTMEDIA NEWS JANUARY 27, 2011



A Saskatchewan man suffering from multiple sclerosis who travelled abroad to receive the controversial "liberation" therapy says he had difficulty getting followup care in Canada, leading him to seek treatment in the United States.

Watson McGregor of Rosetown, Sask., is one of the Canadians who left the country to get the treatment publicized by Italian Dr. Paolo Zamboni.

His experience raises the question of what happens to Canadians receiving treatment abroad, then returning home, where they may at some point need followup treatment.



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Multiple Sclerosis: How Your Diet Plays a Role

January 27, 2011



Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease of the brain and the spinal cord. The symptoms of multiple sclerosis include fatigue, constipation, and incontinence.

Dietary supplements included in a systematic multiple sclerosis diet actually help alleviate weakness, constipation, and incontinence. There are three modes of dietary supplementation that may decrease the severity of attack:
  • *Providing food in excess

  • *Avoiding drugs that cause allergies

  • *Avoiding foods that produce toxic effects
Foods provided in excess:
Certain foods that are rich in protein and fiber should be added to the diet for multiple sclerosis patients. These include pulses, whole wheat, oats, brown rice, and green leafy vegetables. The multiple sclerosis diet should also include foods rich in essential oils such as cod liver oil.

Allergic food substances:
Patients on a multiple sclerosis diet should avoid certain food substances. The list includes milk and milk products, eggs, soy and its products, wheat, citrus fruits like oranges, tomatoes, fish, peanuts, and chocolate. With a multiple sclerosis diet, all of these food products should be stopped initially and then reintroduced one by one. Any allergic reactions observed after the introduction of any of these food products should be noted and eliminated. 



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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Twenty percent of children with MS don't respond to first-line treatment - Found by new study

January 26, 2011
Researchers from the National Network of Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence, in the first retrospective study of the response of children with multiple sclerosis to standard, or first-line, therapies, found that one-fifth of patients involved in the review required "second-line" treatments.
Results of the study, published online first in the December 2010 issue of the Archives of Neurology, also reported that Hispanic children with MS were more likely to experience "break-through disease" while receiving first-line therapies than non-Hispanic children.


E. Ann Yeh, MD, assistant professor of neurology at the University at Buffalo, is first author. The National Network of Pediatric MS Centers includes Stony Brook University, University of California - San Francisco, University of Alabama-Birmingham, The Mayo Clinic, and Massachusetts General Hospital, in addition to UB.


The review of data covering records of 243 children treated an average of 3.9 years showed that 144 (58%) stayed on their first therapy, primarily , 65 (25.2%) were switched to one other therapy, 29 (11.2%) were switched twice, and 20 (7.8%) were switched three times.

While most children switched to other first-line MS drugs, 55 children, or 21.3 percent had to be switched to a variety of "second-line" drugs, such as broad spectrum chemotherapies and corticosteroids, results showed. These children had shown MS relapses or new  detected on MRI scans.



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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

MS Symptom Management


A replay of information for those seeking data on Symptom Management


A comprehensive overview of strategies and medications used to manage MS symptoms, along with initial findings on many experimental treatments presently being studied


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