AuthorRebecca Aldam

Guest post: Sex and MS

Just as in anyone’s life, sex with MS can be fun, intense, routine, boring, passionate, flirty, dirty, easy, comforting, fraught with difficulties, or all of the above! Sexuality and sensuality is an integral part of being human and, depending on the individuals involved, has varying degrees of importance at different times in a relationship. For this article, I’m leaning heavily on an excellent...

Guest post: My annual visit

Just recently I had my annual appointment with the MS consultant. He said it could only last 15 minutes. He did apologise for such a brief slot. Even so I couldn’t help but feel short changed. I could only discuss my 3 worst symptoms. Here is my own version of events at the MS review. He started “Has it got worse”? I thought to myself “This is a bit of a stupid question to ask anybody with...

Welcome to the new Barts-MS blog

Welcome to the Barts-MS blog, now that we have moved platforms! We hope you like the new, responsive design. And we’re grateful to all those who tried our prototype and gave their feedback. The main changes are: A new menu with updated pages. We hope we have included most of the activity of the Barts-MS team. And we’ll keep updating you on our projects, activities, campaigns and studies...

Guest post: New study – Are people living with MS in the UK vitamin D deficient?

Help us spread the word, we have a new study open to people living with MS in the UK! This study is looking at vitamin D levels in the MS population and we know that vitamin D research is one of the top research priorities for people living with MS. This strong interest in vitamin D research has been demonstrated by the overwhelming response we have had to this study – but we still need...

A sneak peak at the blog’s makeover. What do you think?

The Bart-MS blog is getting a brand new makeover. And we want to hear your thoughts about it. Why the change? We listened to some common problems from our readers and talked about what was and wasn’t working for authors and guest bloggers too. Here are the main things we came up with: It’s too difficult to find past posts. You have to rely on the search function. The search function...

Guest post: A different MS Chariot

I have been encouraged by ProfG to write a post about my “MS Chariot” experience. It’s a good example of an activity that those with limited leg function can enjoy, but for which it is important to preserve upper body function. After becoming a full-time wheelchair user, I was looking for ways to re-engage with the outdoors, so when I read an article about an open day at a Riding for the...

Guest Post: The Real, Real Deal with Exercising and MS

Oh no. No, no, no, you’re thinking. Not another Barts MS Blog lecture on the importance of exercising when you have multiple sclerosis. Especially a guest blog from that Dave guy who runs ActiveMSers.org and who thinks he is funny and has no professional medical or physical fitness credentials—just a dude who runs a blog, ruffles feathers like Gavin, and works out. I get it. I mean, I could point...

Guest post: The meaning of exercise and physical activity in community-dwelling people with MS

It is well established that exercise and physical activity is beneficial for people with MS. However, we also know that people with MS report lower levels of physical activity and lead sedentary lifestyles. Finding ways to increase physical activity in people with MS remains a challenge for both people with MS and health professionals. Nevertheless, getting this right is crucial because...

Mark’s post: Measuring fatigue in MS

  Fatigue is complicated and multifactorial. It may be classified as: Primary fatigue  Primary fatigue is apparently directly related to neurological damage, affecting one’s ability to activate or control muscle groups. It commonly affects walking.    This is where damage to the central nervous system directly contributes to physical disability and means that the person affected must...

Guest post: Primary Progressive MS Research: Treatment Outcomes

This is a repost from MStranslate, with kind permission from Brett Drummond. PPMS is characterised by a steady worsening of disease or accumulation of disability from onset without any lengthy periods of stability or ‘remission’. Some people with primary progressive MS may also experience acute attacks of active disease, commonly referred to as relapses, during which symptoms are exacerbated or...

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