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Pain in Multiple Sclerosis and Effective Solutions

Pain is an often overlooked symptom in multiple sclerosis (MS)—one that many doctors don’t associate with the disease. Pain is reported by people with both relapsing and progressive forms of MS. For many patients, pain may be the most debilitating aspect of the disease, affecting their ability to function and, therefore, their overall quality of life. Pain occurs in about 80 percent of those with MS; about 20 percent experience significant pain. Up to 15 percent suffer chronic pain and often...

How Multiple Sclerosis Affects Families

The vast majority of people who have multiple sclerosis (MS) are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50 years. The disease thus affects people in their most active years: young adults readying themselves to leave home in pursuit of academic, vocational, or social goals; men and women in the process of launching careers and families of their own; and those in middle age who are enjoying their productive years and planning for their retirements. In each of these age groups, the diagnosis of a chronic...

Parenting a Child with Multiple Sclerosis: Managing Your Own Feelings

Parenting is never easy. Given the complexities of multiple sclerosis (MS) and its treatment, you may find yourself struggling more than usual to figure out how best to help your child. The first step in taking care of your child is taking care of yourself. Just as the flight attendant instructs you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping anyone with you who requires assistance, your ability to support your child’s adaptation to MS will depend on your own level of health and well-being....

High Risk: Pregnant and Diabetic

Diabetes was low on my priority list until I started thinking about becoming a mother. This body that I’d used to propel me from one risk-taking adventure to the next (hiking in the Grand Canyon, running a marathon, and jumping out of a plane) now needed to be treated kindly. My doctor explained that the first weeks of pregnancy were the most important for a baby’s development. He said my blood sugars needed to be in tight control to ward off birth defects and I was paralyzed with fear. I...

Bathing and Dressing after a Mastectomy

Check with your physician about bathing restrictions during the post-operative period. If you are not permitted to shower while the drains are in place, you may consider using dry shampoo, having a family member or friend wash your hair for you in the sink, or making an appointment for a hair wash and blow dry at a local salon. A sponge bath while sitting at the sink or just using baby wipes may be the best option for cleansing your body without breaking the rules. Lotions, powders, and deodorants...

Bed Mobility and Sleeping after a Mastectomy

Occupational and physical therapists love to talk about bed mobility with their patients. And if you think about it, moving in bed is an important skill to learn after any type of surgery. Getting in and out of bed can be really difficult during the first few days after mastectomy surgery for breast cancer. Your shoulders, chest, and abdominal muscles may be sore. If you have had a flap procedure, the donor site will be sore as well. One thing you should know is that hospital beds are not made...

Completing Daily Tasks after Your Mastectomy

Challenges that many women have reported early in the postoperative period after a mastectomy for breast cancer include difficulties reaching for things, getting in and out of bed, getting comfortable in bed, wiping themselves in the bathroom, changing hospital gowns, and pushing the IV pole. One thing you should know is that almost all hospitals have some type of rehabilitation department. These departments are usually made up of occupational and physical therapists who specialize in helping...

Kid-Friendly Ketogenic Recipes Using Butter

Ketogenic Diet Tip: In general, measure all meats and vegetables after cooking them. Make sure to pat them dry first. Eggs are one exception—eggs are always measured raw. Hot Dog, Burger and Green Beans Ingredients: Hebrew National hot dog: 25 grams Ground round beef: 25.5 grams ...

Cooking with Eggs on the Ketogenic Diet

There are many similar egg recipes, with only the carbohydrates varying in each recipe. It is important to realize that when you change any part of the recipe, it will affect the remainder of the recipe. If you serve eggs with strawberries rather than with bananas, for example, your child will get about three times as much fruit because strawberries are much lower in carbohydrates than bananas. If you choose “Eggs with Bacon and Orange Juice” rather than “Eggs and Bacon Smile,” you will...

Making Ketogenic Diet Meals with Bacon

All references to bacon are really side pork (which is the meat from which bacon is made, before it’s smoked or processed). Your local butcher should be able to supply you with side pork. It takes extra work for the butcher, so you may have to explain why you need it. We would buy in bulk—10 to 20 individually wrapped pound packages, sliced thin, every one to two months. Bacon and Apple Pie Ingredients: ...