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Your Epilepsy Health Care Team

Health care is a partnership. The notion that doctors give orders and patients follow them is old and unwise. People with epilepsy are part of the health care team; their input is critical for diagnosis and selecting and monitoring therapy. For example, the choice of antiepileptic drug (AED) may depend on the patient’s feelings about side effects and expense. Many medical decisions are “judgment calls,” which should reflect the shared knowledge and views of the patient and health professionals. ...

Finding Rejuvenating Activities with Multiple Sclerosis

Rejuvenation is an important part of managing fatigue in multiple sclerosis (MS). Rejuvenation is defined as something that “restores to a former state” or “makes you fresh or new again.” Knowing what activities provide you with energy, or allow you to rejuvenate, is a key part of managing your fatigue. When you think of energy, it is helpful to have a visual image. Imagine a jar that holds your energy. When you wake in the morning, that jar is full, or nearly full; each time you do an...

Best Types of Exercise for Multiple Sclerosis

You may have heard of activities that work on strength, or balance, or endurance, but do you know what the differences are and why they are all important? Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects the myelin sheath, the covering, around the nerves, which in turn affects the speed with which messages are sent from your brain to your muscles. If you have less myelin, your nerves are less efficient in sending messages, your muscles become weaker, and you may experience loss of strength, decreased range...

Exercising with Multiple Sclerosis: Overcome Barriers and Find Motivation

For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), finding ways to condition your body or incorporating exercise into your daily routine can be challenging. For those who have never exercised or don’t even like the thought of it, it’s not as hard as you think! For those who enjoy exercising, but who now feel that exercising is more difficult because of MS and fatigue, it may be simply a matter of finding the right balance and learning to exercise within new limits. It is important to remember...

Eating Well When Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Although there are many books about diet and multiple sclerosis (MS), there is no significant scientific evidence that any restrictive diet can change the course of MS. Nevertheless, there are many influences that diet has on health and well-being, and therefore, MS. Diet can be beneficial in alleviating MS symptoms such as fatigue and constipation, and can assist in weight management. Diet can decrease the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. The U.S....

Depression and Mood Changes When You're Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

Depression is common in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), more common than in the general population or in other chronic illnesses. The current thinking is that depression in MS is caused by a combination of factors, including damage in areas of the brain that influence mood, immune system changes, and the changes and losses that often characterize life with MS in other words, a triple whammy. What this means is that depression in MS is not about being weak or wimpy, it's about having a mood-related...

Keeping Up the Ketogenic Diet away from Home

Anything the family did before, they can still do on the keto diet—it will just take a little more planning. Every parent who has been through the diet has suggestions to offer: The key to making the diet “portable” is reusable storage containers. Cold food is easier to transport than hot food. ...

Advice from Parents of Ketogenic Diet Kids

The ketogenic diet takes a tremendous amount of effort from the whole family—parents, siblings, and of course the child on the keto diet. Here are are tips from parents who have experienced the keto diet: Kids don’t mind eating the same thing over and over. Find several simple menus that you and your child can agree on, and stick with them. Six to eight menus is probably all you’ll need. The multivitamin and calcium will...

Living with the Challenge of Multiple Sclerosis

There are several things about multiple sclerosis (MS) that make it challenging. Once MS is on the scene, it makes its presence known on most if not all days. Living with MS is like living with an uninvited guest that never goes home and leaves clutter all over the house. MS is unpredictable. Symptoms can change from hour to hour and day to day. Activities that can be done on Monday might not be possible by Wednesday. New symptoms start and old symptoms can come back. Exacerbations can leave behind...

Choosing Your Egg Donor

The very first thing to recognize is that there is only so much information you or your egg donor agency will be able obtain about your donor. However, there is also only so much that we can (and should) ask a donor. Partly because agencies don't want to be so invasive that our ability to attract donors to assist our intended parents becomes hindered but also based on practicality. We'll ask you to think of the friends you have in your life—the best of your best friends. How much do you know...