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Joined: 02/05/2010
My Story:
Michigan-based writer and MS patient advocate/consultant. Diagnosed with RRMS in 2005. Therapies: Copaxone 4.5 years, Rebif four months, Tysabri one year, took no DMDs for two years, then started Tecfidera in Sep. 2013. No MS in family history.

See my list of essays about living with MS at:

For an earlier set of essays, see my personal blog titled "Doc, It Hurts When I Do This" at:

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Reply: Feet numbness
You should contact your neurologist about this new symptom. It could be the start of a...More
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Reply: multiple sclerosis
Hi Janet, There is no blood test for MS, perhaps your blood was tested for another...More
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Reply: Help in morning getting ready for work?
Hi, John, Your concern for your fiancee is very touching, how fortunate she is to have...More
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Reply: Optic neuritis symptoms
kitatkat, That's a good question to ask the doctor that diagnosed your ON the first...More
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Reply: new to the community
Amanda, Becoming ill with viruses or bacterial infections won't necessarily bring on a...More
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Reply: Facial pain---something new
Hi shernick, The pain you describe could be trigeminal neuralgia, which is a common MS...More
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Reply: New Member Wanting to Help and Need Advice
Hello Michael and welcome! I've posted a response about MRI financial assistance on...More
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Reply: MS Flare with No new leisons showing up
Tvs, The tightness you describe sounds like the MS hug. It is caused by nerves...More
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Reply: 36, Female, MS & Now Swelling & Breath Problems
Hi Hand1977, Sorry to hear of your difficulties. If you haven't already, you need to...More
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Reply: Diagnosed with dementia at 44
Vicki, You could look up your local chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society...More
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