MS disease information
A global initiative from an expert group that developed the policy report Brain health: time matters in multiple sclerosis. Their report recommends reducing MS disease activity by early intervention and a treatment strategy of preserving tissue in the central nervous system. A companion booklet helps people with MS understand how to own this goal by keeping their brains as healthy as possible and requesting high standards of care from healthcare professionals; this short guide for people with MS is a ‘must’ for anyone recently diagnosed with MS.
A UK-based MS charity that provides clear, accessible information for anyone looking for an introduction to the science behind MS, types of MS, how MS is diagnosed, its signs and symptoms and an overview of treatments and therapies (including DMTs, diet, exercise and complementary therapies). Another important focus of the MS Society is research: the website provides useful updates on recent breakthroughs and current studies.
The website of this US-based non-profit MS society contains a wealth of information. The section on managing symptoms is clear and easy to navigate, offering concise, one-sentence summaries for each topic as well as a deeper dive. Be aware that some of the medicines listed in the treatment section may not be available outside the US or may be available under a different brand name.
MS support networks
This charity offers many practical forms of care and support for people with MS. No matter whether you’ve had MS for a while, are newly diagnosed, waiting for a diagnosis or concerned about someone living with MS, you will find practical information to help you in a wide variety of new and potentially difficult situations. Why not consider joining a local support group or attending a virtual support event?
Shift.ms is the social network and community for people with MS. Founded by ‘MSers’ (people with MS) for MSers, the charity supports recently diagnosed people across the world as they make sense of their disease. This is a great way to experience the support of the MS community and find an MS ‘buddy’ – no matter where you live!