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Friday, November 23, 2018

How Could You Live Better With MS?

Answer a few questions to find out how to live life to the fullest with MS.

CLICK HERE to take a survey that could potentially help you from #WebMD



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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Handicap Parking—A Trusty Guide so You Don’t Look Like a Freaking Idiot

When it comes to handicapped parking, I’ve pretty much seen it all with my multiple sclerosis. And just when I think it couldn’t possibly get any more outrageous, it does. Like the other day when Laura and I were stopping for lunch and someone had parked illegally in the blue striped area between two handicap spaces, leaving little room for my wheelchair. (Parking in the blue striped area is strictly forbidden, even if one has a handicap placard or plate, which—for the record—this person did not.) The offender spotted us navigating this cluster and once we got inside, hustled out to move her car. Good, I thought. Until we came out after our meal and saw that she had just moved her car down a couple spots and was now illegally straddling two handicapped spaces! I cannot make this shift up.

Who can and can’t (or shouldn’t) park in handicapped spaces is a debate disabled—and abled—people love to have. And both parties think they know what they are talking about. Many do. But many don’t. Which is why I’ve prepared this trusty handicap parking guide so you and your friends and family don’t look like friggin’ morons.

No, you can’t tell if that person is a scofflaw or really disabled, so stop the fuck trying. This has to lead the list. Many disabilities are invisible, and even if someone bounds out of the car like a famished cop at a Krispy Kreme (oh, just kidding officer!), they could still have a debilitating condition. Please don’t give them the stink eye. For example, with MS, you may walk fine at first before struggling to take steps at the end of a shopping trip. Or when a cool morning turns to a hot afternoon—sapping the strength of MSers like Kryptonite sabotages Superman—a too-close parking space when you arrive at work might feel miles away when it is time to go home. Think about this: Consider how important it would be to be close to the front door on a cloudless sunny day if you have a severe sensitivity to sunlight. Or if you are a vampire. Or if you have discovered the lost Ark of the Covenant and decided, like a moron, to look inside, and now your face is melting off and you need shelter. (Wait, that probably wouldn't qualify for a placard. And besides, you likely are a Nazi.) 
Nope, not bingo. This is illegal.


No, van accessible handicap spaces are not the same. Van-specific spaces are bigger and have striped areas on one or both sides of the space to accommodate a ramp for side-loading of wheelchairs or scooters. Intrude on those areas, and that spot becomes rather useless. (Shocker, that includes no motorcycles, which their owners park on those blue striped areas with more regularity than one would expect. And no shopping carts. Don’t leave them there!) If you don’t need the extra space and there are other handicapped spaces nearby, consider using one of those instead. It’s good karma.


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What Nerve Pain Feels Like

Damaged nerves may send false signals -- and you feel real pain, often without a cause. Here's what you need to know.

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People with nerve pain feel it in different ways. For some, it's a stabbing pain in the middle of the night. For others, symptoms can include a chronic prickling, tingling, or burning they feel all day.

Uncontrolled nerve pain can be hard to bear. But with treatment, it can often be adequately controlled.

Understanding Nerve Pain

Pain is supposed to be a warning. When your hand gets too close to a stove, the nerves send a pain signal to the brain -- and you pull back before you burn yourself. But if you have nerve damage, that system isn't working. Damaged nerves may send false signals -- and you feel real pain, often without a cause. Damaged nerves may also result in you not feeling pain when you have an injury.

Continue reading through a slideshow from #WebMD


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Monday, November 19, 2018

Handling the Stress of Caregiving

How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Taking care of a loved one can take a lot out of you. These tips will help you find time to care for yourself, too.

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Take Time for You

Even just a few minutes can make a difference and help you recharge. Try yoga before breakfast, slip out for a 10-minute walk, and keep up with your favorite hobby. This lowers your stress, which may help you be a better caregiver.

Know Your Limits

List all the tasks you need to do in a week, including dressing and bathing a loved one, rides, cooking, and household chores. Consider which ones someone else might be able to do. Remember to say no when you need to, and set boundaries so you can stay ready to help.

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Symptoms of a B12 Deficiency

Your body needs B12 to keep blood cells healthy and help your nerves work right. See what can make it harder for your body to absorb this essential vitamin. 

Do your hands, feet, or legs feel like they’re on “pins and needles”? Shortage of B12 can damage the protective sheath that covers your nerves. Diseases like celiac, Crohn’s, or other gut illnesses may make it harder for your body to absorb the vitamin. So can taking some heartburn drugs.

Continue reading to learn why you need proper B12 levels


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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Video: WHO IS THE RIGHT DOCTOR FOR LEMTRADA?




In my last video, I addressed “who is the right patient for Lemtrada?” In this video I answer “Who is the right doctor for Lemtrada?”If you’re impacted by MS and considering this therapy, this video is for you!
Published by Aaron Boster, MD
November 18, 2018



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Video: Living Better with MS - Reconditioning the deconditioning associated with chronic illness

Video recorded: 10.10.18 - in Orlando, FL

An introduction to physical fitness in MS at any level

Presented by: Jeffrey Segal, NSCA-CPT, CSCS, CPTS, CPR/AED
Certified Personal Trainer and MS Exercise Specialist


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Adaptive Exercise, Wellness, Conditioning and more




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