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At Can Do MS, we know that the power of knowledge can transform lives and expand beliefs about what is possible.

These articles are written by our nationwide team of program consultants - renowned healthcare professionals dedicated to educating people living with MS and their support partners.  You will find valuable information and approaches covering our Six Dimensions of Wellness- Emotional Well-Being, Cognitive Well-Being; Home & Work; Diet, Exercise & Healthy Behaviors;  Relationships; and Spirituality.

These articles are provided as general educational resources and should not be interpreted as diagnoses, prognoses, or treatment suggestions.  Information and perspectives represent the views of the individual author(s); Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is not responsible for the accuracy or currency of the responses.  Readers should consult with their healthcare team.

Conserving Energy While Doing Your Everyday Chores

By: Rosalind Kalb, PhD, Peer Reviewed By: Stephanie Nolan, OTR/L

Chores – whether the indoor or outdoor kind – can sap your energy to the point that there’s not much left for the fun stuff. Think bed-making, vacuuming, laundry sorting, grocery shopping, lawn mowing, snow shoveling – and you’ll agree that nothing takes more out of you than these necessary chores. 

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4 Unexpected Challenges of MS and Tips to Overcome Them

By: Kathy Costello, CRNP, Sponsored by CenterWell Specialty Pharmacy

Life with chronic illness comes with some hidden challenges—things you may not expect or feel ready to handle. Here are four of these unexpected challenges and tips to help you work through them.

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Building Resilience in the Face of Life Adversity and Challenge

By: Kenneth Nowack, Ph.D, Can Do MS Programs Consultant and Chief Research Officer of Envisia Learning, Inc.

Through my father’s experience, the saying “Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out” is one that resonates strongly with me and may indeed be a good mantra for all of us during these trying times as well as future life challenges.

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Discovering Your Sexual Self

By: Dr. Linda Mona, Ph.D

Discovering yourself and what feels right to you is a life-long process, one that does not have a final conclusion. Keep an open mind while learning about yourself and begin your journey to knowing the sexual person that you are!

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Sleep and MS: Strategies for Improving Your Zzz's

By: Written By: Stephanie Buxhoeveden, MSCN, MSN, FNP-BC & Abbey J. Hughes, PhD, Updated September 2022 By: Rosalind Kalb, PhD

Sleep is a surprisingly complex process that is essential to maintaining health and wellness. Unfortunately, problems with sleep quantity and quality and the negative impact of poor sleep on daily functioning are particularly common among people with MS, affecting 50% of the population.

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The Many Faces of MS Pain – Glossary

By: Rosalind Kalb

Like other MS symptoms, pain is different for each person, and each person may experience various types of pain at one time or another. It’s important to know the terms used to describe the types of pain that can occur in MS and be able to describe your pain to your healthcare provider(s).

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Pain in Multiple Sclerosis

By: Abbey Hughes, PhD and Aliza Ben-Zacharia, PhD, DNP, ANP, FAAN, MSCN

Pain is one of the most common “invisible” symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), affecting approximately two-thirds of people with MS over the course of their lives, and approximately half of people with MS at any given time. Despite the high prevalence of pain in MS, less than one-third of patients report receiving treatment to specifically address their pain. Routine assessment and comprehensive treatment of pain is essential for promoting function and quality of life among people with MS.

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​Managing MS Pain

By: Rosalind Kalb, PhD

Managing pain in MS often requires a multi-step approach, involving different types of interventions by a multi-disciplinary team. In other words, it may require time, some patience on your part, and a willingness to advocate for yourself by clearly describing the pain(s) you are experiencing, the timing and intensity of that pain, and any triggers that seem to make your pain worse. 

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Tips for Finding the MS Care Provider Who is Right for You

By: Megan Weigel, DNP, ARNP-C, MSCN

We need and want a lot from our healthcare providers. Expertise, a great “bedside manner,” responsiveness, a friendly office staff, convenience, and accessibility in the parking lot, office, and bathroom are all important. But each of us has different priorities – so figuring out what matters most to you will make it easier to find the provider you need.

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Dr. Terry Wahls’ New Study on Diet and Multiple Sclerosis

By: Dr. Terry Wahls, MD, MBA

Could a change in diet make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis (MS)? Could it reduce MS-related fatigue? Could it improve quality of life or reduce the number of enhancing lesions on MRI? Should prescribing a diet for people with MS be part of overall care?  These are questions that Dr. Terry Wahls and her team are trying to answer.

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