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My tips for having an MRI scan

01 Aug 2017 | Nicola Andrews
Nicola I was diagnosed with MS in 2014 and MRI scans have become routine. They helped with my diagnosis, and since then I’ve had two more (two brain and two spinal). Before my first ever MRI scan all I could think about was a dark tunnel and claustrophobia. I had fears of being unable to breathe and move. To say I was worried about it would be an understatement. In all honesty, it wasn’t at all as bad as I...

5 myths about cannabis and MS

27 Jul 2017 | Hannah Paull
There’s mounting evidence to show that cannabis could help pain and muscle spasms for people with MS. But with tonnes of information swirling around the internet, it’s hard to be sure what’s true and what’s not. We dived into the details to bust 5 common myths about cannabis and MS: 1. ‘Cannabis for medicinal use’ means any kind of cannabis This can be...

School’s out: tips for summer fun from an MS mummy

24 Jul 2017 | Joanne Chapman
Joanne Chapman lives with MS – and a toddler. These are her tips for enjoying the summer holidays with your little ones Keep cool I love the sun, but summer can feel like a double-edged sword as heat and humidity bring out my MS. Keeping cool is essential to look after little man. So I avoid being out in the midday sun, find shade, and wear lightweight, breathable layers with a hat. Water cools. Little man'...

What it’s like to be diagnosed with MS at 16 – part three

21 Jul 2017 | Carla Callaghan
MS Award winner and student Zoe writes about life after an MS diagnosis in the third part of her blog series.  After a rollercoaster few months, I began a phased return to school. It was undoubtedly difficult and strange. Occasionally I had to use my walking stick, which only made star appearances as I didn’t want to be known as ‘The Girl with MS’. If could choose it would be something way cooler like ‘The Girl with...

How I became a para athlete

21 Jul 2017 | Hannah Paull
Amar-Mazigh Aichoun was diagnosed with MS at 13. Now he's a para athlete. He tells us about racing, his training and how MS affects him. When I was 13, my body started to go numb and my vision got blurry. I didn’t pay much attention to it, because as a kid these things don’t bother you. The GP told me I had a throat infection and gave me some antibiotics. The next day my symptoms got lots worse and my mum took me to A&E. I had a stroke and was...

Help tell NHS England about your experience of MS treatment and care

20 Jul 2017 | Babs Guthrie
Glass sided hospital link corridor We know that people living with MS access the different treatments and therapies they need in a variety of locations. You might need to see a neurologist, an MS nurse, a physio or a counsellor as part of your care. You might see them in a specialist hospital, a local hospital or in your own home. In some...

Top tips for planning a short break

18 Jul 2017 | Frances Whinder
Sunshine got you in the holiday mood? We can all benefit from getting away for a few days of rest and relaxation. But sometimes our MS symptoms can make us worry about how we’ll manage away from home. With a little planning, a short break can be a lovely escape. These are our top tips for a hassle-free getaway. 1. Choose your location Where do you want to go? Do you want to take a break in the UK, or further afield? There...

I took on Silverstone – on my mobility scooter!

14 Jul 2017 | Frances Whinder
We spoke to Noel Wilson, who’s blazing a trail for MS at motor sport circuits around the UK. For most of us, a resolution made at 2am on New Year’s Day is often quickly forgotten in the morning. But not for Noel Wilson. In the early hours of 2016, the former motor sport instructor decided to do something that no one had done before: set an official lap time at every racetrack in the UK – on a mobility scooter. He told his...

Scientists warn against unproven stem cell treatments

13 Jul 2017 | Katie Roberts
International experts have called for tighter regulation of unproven stem cell treatments and how they are marketed. What do they mean by stem cell treatments? The term ‘stem cell treatment’ refers to any procedure that involves stem cells or their products. There are a number of stem cell therapies being developed specifically for MS, including haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and mesenchymal stem cell therapy (MSCT). But there...

MS in the family: we're siblings with MS

10 Jul 2017 | Frances Whinder
  Brother and sister Rodney and Grace both have MS. They live a few minutes apart in Belfast. They told us what it’s like to be siblings with MS. Grace, 56, was diagnosed with MS in 1997. She’d been living with MS for eight years when Rodney, now 43, was also diagnosed. >> Read about the role of genes and other factors in causing MS Grace’s story All my symptoms pointed to MS I was 37 when I was diagnosed with MS....

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