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I'd always wanted to do a triathlon, but being diagnosed with MS makes you wonder, is it something I can do? It made me question many things about my life and what the future has in store.
People with MS often experience strange sensations in the skin. They can be really hard to describe and feel downright weird.
What is it like to have fatigue (it is really awful) and how can we explain fatigue to others who have never experienced it? (almost impossible)
An MS Nurse from Sheffield who is in training for a sponsored cycle from London to Paris, has been nominated for our Super Nurse Award. This award recognises nurses who make a real difference for people with multiple sclerosis.
Vitamin D (vitamin D3) is created in the skin when exposed to ultraviolet B radiation in sunlight. In the UK, between May and September, about 20 to 30 minutes a day spent outdoors in direct sunshine in the middle of the day will meet vitamin D needs for most fair skinned people. Factors such as darker skin, the use of sunscreen, levels of pollution and the unpredictability of the British summer can all lower availability and between October and April, the level of ultraviolet is too low for vitamin D to be made.
Many people are intensely interested in what is happening in MS research. On Saturday, I was lucky enough to go to a Research Day held by Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, with UCL Partners, to hear what research they are doing and what it might mean for people with MS. This research group includes some of the top researchers in MS in the UK and they are keen to get people involved. The audience were mostly people with MS, their friends and family.
Why multiple sclerosis is classed as a life long condition and not as a terminal illness.
Recent research suggests that a detailed eye scan, optical coherence tomography, could be an effective way of monitoring multiple sclerosis.
The MS Trust has an email alert which highlights research in MS published in the preceding week. How do we choose what to include? And are we getting it right?
A team in Surrey set up a psychology service offering CBT and MBCT, approaches that research has shown canhelp people adapt to and cope with living with MS. A psychologist, an MS nurse and a neuropsychologist describe these two approaches and include some of the comments made by clients who took part.
Neuropathic or nerve pain is an invisible but debilitating symptom of multiple sclerosis. A pain consultant writes about how this can be managed
The thing we were always keen to achieve with Gallop is that it should be different to the video material already out there for MSers. If shift.ms were to make a film then it we wanted to bring something different to the table that would resonate with our community and raise awareness of the challenges of the early days/years of living with MS.
Are you healthy? Pretty much? Imagine you’re standing, there, wherever you are just now – living room, office, street – and someone runs over and gives you a shove. Of course, you’re shocked. Sure, your arm might hurt a bit where they pushed you. But basically, you’re OK. Your feet are firmly planted on solid ground.
But it’s different for me and other like me: people with dreadful, crippling fatigue caused by a long term illness such as MS, CFS/ME, lupus, cancer etc.
Having a family member diagnosed with any long-term medical condition, not just multiple sclerosis, can be difficult.
Even though most people with MS don’t come from a family or lifestyle as high profile as the Osbournes, there are aspects of Jack Osbourne’s diagnosis that will be familiar to many.
Jack Osbourne, the son of Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy and former X Factor judge Sharon, was diagnosed earlier this year after he lost 60% of the vision in his right eye.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the active ingredients in cannabis, had no effect on progressive MS according to results reported on 29 May 2012.
Professor Helen Tremlett, looks at epidemiology (a study of disease in people) and the natural history of MS