Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences, Patient stories - Norton Healthcare

MS patient determined to get out of wheelchair, walks 5K

When Pat Bristoe began physical therapy at Norton Specialty Rehabilitation Center – St. Matthews in October 2021, he was depressed. Multiple sclerosis (MS), a diagnosis Pat received in 2009, had taken a toll on his body. For years, he managed the disease’s symptoms with medications, but as time went on his condition worsened. “I didn’t…

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Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

Early symptoms of MS can vary widely, but will typically trace back to neurological impairment

Early symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) can start to appear in adolescence, but the disease tends to develop in adults between the ages of 20 and 40. MS tends to progress and can do so at varying speeds for every patient. MS is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack the central nervous…

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Behavioral Health, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

Knowing your MS triggers can help reduce worsening symptoms or relapses

Multiple sclerosis (MS) triggers that worsen symptoms or cause a relapse can include stress, heart disease and smoking. While some are easier to avoid than others, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and overall health and wellness can have outsized benefits for MS patients. Every MS patient’s triggers are going to be different. Understanding what can cause…

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Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

An advocate for patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

Getting a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis can cause anxiety and concern about treatment as well as about finding your way through a medical world that can seem alien at times. It would help if you had someone who knew their way around who was your advocate. That’s why Andrea Rogers, R.N., BSN, is the multiple…

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Behavioral Health, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

Taking care of yourself can affect multiple sclerosis progression and lifespan

Living with multiple sclerosis (MS) often means paying attention to wellness and diet, since taking care of yourself can affect disease progression — even lifespan. Wellness is essential to modifying the disease course, treating relapses, managing symptoms and promoting safety and independence. People living with MS can consider physical activity and diet as another kind…

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Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

Integrative medicine and MS

Integrative medicine for multiple sclerosis (MS) may offer relief when used with disease modifying drugs (DMD). Sometimes known as integrative health, or complementary and/or alternative medicine, integrative medicine includes techniques that have not been traditionally part of conventional Western medicine. In many cases, these therapies are being successfully combined with conventional medicine. Integrative medicine: Uses…

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Behavioral Health, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

Emotional and behavioral therapy for patients with MS

The link between mental health and chronic illness, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), is complex and might seem overwhelming. But Norton Neuroscience Institute is expanding its work to address the common stress and mental health concerns in managing MS. Norton Neuroscience Institute offers comprehensive care, including behavioral medicine services, to patients with MS. MS and…

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Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

Local family donates $1 million to support multiple sclerosis care

When David C. Hussung’s mom, Beth, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the early 1970s, there was very little local support to treat the disease. Thanks to David and his wife Rebekah’s $1 million donation to the Norton Healthcare Foundation, the newly named Hussung Family Multiple Sclerosis Center will provide patients with the latest…

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Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

Getting started on a healthy lifestyle with MS

If you have multiple sclerosis, physical exercise can be an important part of your treatment. But don’t let that word — exercise — put you off. Everyone should be getting exercise, regardless of your disability level. How much exercise or what type will vary, but the message here is that everyone should be exercising. The…

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Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

Multiple sclerosis education videos available to stream

The Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center has made a series of multiple sclerosis videos available through the Norton Healthcare YouTube channel. These videos include highlights from the recent Neuroscience Expo that offered insights and information from neurologists for multiple sclerosis patients. New videos will be updated periodically to provide practical information as you manage your…

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Foundation, Geriatric, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences, Norton Healthcare Foundation, Orthopedics

Driving program helps patients get behind the wheel again safely

At 67 years old, Mike Donahue never figured he’d be taking driver’s education all over again. A Sellersburg, Indiana, pastor who has multiple sclerosis (MS), Mike is one of the first patients to get behind the wheel with the Norton Hospital Driving Assessment Program. The program is for individuals affected by neurological, orthopedic or developmental…

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Multiple Sclerosis, Neurosciences

What are symptoms of MS in women?

Symptoms of MS in women can be different and MS affects women more than men. Researchers are not entirely sure why MS is different in women — it could be hormonal differences, genetic makeup or differences in the immune system. With MS generally, the immune system attacks the protective coating (myelin) on nerves. Without myelin,…

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