New Publications to Manage Multiple Sclerosis from MSAA
Free Publications Providing Extensive Information Now Available, Including the MS Relapse Toolkit and Understanding Progression in MS
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) has produced two new, free publications, which provide extensive information to the multiple sclerosis (MS) community on MS relapses, as well as progression in MS.
The MS Relapse Toolkit is a useful, spiral-bound resource that offers a great deal of information on MS relapses and what people living with MS can do in advance to prepare for unexpected flare-ups in disease activity. The MS Relapse Toolkit features:
- Informative details on relapses and symptoms
- Checklists to share with your healthcare team and family
- Topics to discuss with your healthcare team
- Planning ahead for a possible relapse
- FDA-approved and experimental treatment options
Understanding Progression in MS is a booklet designed to help people with MS and their loved ones better understand what is happening when progression in MS occurs. This publication provides a number of treatment options – from the newest approved disease-modifying therapy to symptom management and wellness strategies. Information featured in the booklet includes:
- An overview on MS, including background information and details on types of MS
- An overview of progression in MS, how it is thought to develop, and how it is evaluated
- Treatment options, noting how treating inflammation differs from treating progression
- Symptom management, with detailed information on several common symptoms
- Strategies for healthy living with progressive MS
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a national nonprofit organization and leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support. MSAA provides free programs and services, such as: a Helpline with trained specialists; award-winning publications, including MSAA’s magazine, The Motivator; MSAA’s nationally recognized website featuring award-winning educational videos and research updates; S.E.A.R.C.H.™ program to assist the MS community with learning about different treatment choices; a mobile phone app, My MS Manager™ (named one of the best multiple sclerosis iPhone & Android apps by Healthline.com); a resource database, My MS Resource Locator®; safety and mobility equipment distribution; cooling accessories for heat-sensitive individuals; educational programs held across the country; MRI funding; My MSAA Community, a peer-to-peer online support forum; a clinical trial search tool; and more. For additional information, please visit www.mymsaa.org or call (800) 532-7667.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which consists of the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. MS damages or destroys the protective covering (known as myelin) surrounding the nerves of the CNS, and can potentially injure the nerves as well. This damage causes reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways. Common MS symptoms include visual problems, overwhelming fatigue, difficulty with balance and coordination, depression and cognitive issues, and various levels of impaired mobility. Many experts estimate that 2.5 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with this disease, and most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 50. MS is not contagious and researchers continue to look for both a cause and a cure.