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New Research: Could Our Own Myelin Be Triggering MS?

I once asked, in a video here on Everyday Health, how I “caught” multiple sclerosis. Many of us wonder why or how it is that MS started attacking our systems. Our hope is that knowing this could lead to more effective treatments and even a cure. Well, researchers from Australia’s University of Wollongong may have stumbled onto a discovery […]

Multiple sclerosis: Newly discovered signal mechanism causes T cells to turn pathogenic

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks the patient's own cells. In this case, modified T cells destroy the myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells. Myelin protects the neural pathways and is thus essential to the ability of nerve cells to transmit information. Show More Summary

Where MS and Depression Overlap

Multiple sclerosis can, as we all know too well, affect every part of the body that is controlled by the central nervous system. That means it can affect every part of the body. The way in which MS attacks the brain, coupled with our system’s way of fighting back, can also lead to clinical depression. […]

10 Ways to Avoid Becoming Invisible With an Invisible Disease

My name is Trevis L. Gleason, and I live with multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system that can affect all aspects of life — the visible and the invisible. I must admit to you that this post was begun as a lament about the very real prospect of […]

Finding Your New Normal

It's 9 am on a Friday morning as I sit patiently awaiting an IV so I can begin my infusion. I make small talk with the nurses after taking my routine pregnancy test to ensure my heavy-duty medicine doesn't harm my apparent unborn child. Show More Summary

The Moment

Life altering events come in various forms. It could be one brief moment, a snapshot in time; or perhaps extend over a week, months or even a year. Sometimes it’s pretty obvious to recognize; in other instances, it might not fully register or become clear until later...

Bedside Thoughts

I write this from my wife’s bedside in an acute respiratory rehabilitation unit in a South Florida hospital. We are beginning our 7 th week of hospitalization. You may ask yourself, “What does the journey of this couple have to do with...Show More Summary

It’s Time to Check in With Yourself

Every month, we try to do a little check-in with one another (and ourselves) to see how our MS symptoms are acting that day. We’ve been doing this for a long time — nearly as long as the Life with Multiple Sclerosis blog has been running. It’s a place to gauge our disease and how […]

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