Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 6666 MSFocus Summer 2016 Q. Q. Who should be on my healthcare team if I have MS? A. A. In addition to the medical experts who monitor your MS, it is important to assemble a team to treat the “total you.” A primary care physician, dentist, eye doctor – and for women, a gynecologist – make up the foundation of preventive healthcare. You may also see someone for mental health, or consult with specialists aside from your neurologist. Q. Q. What can I expect during a Social Security disability review if I have MS? A. A. Social Security hires its own doctors to determine disability. If you have MS, they will already have your records from your neurologist and will have reviewed them. Unless instructed to do so, you do not need to bring any films or other information with you. At the meeting, they will ask you some questions and do a neurological exam. On the basis of your records and exam findings, they will determine whether or not you are disabled. It really is pretty straightforward. Q. Q. Can I use diet to help my MS fatigue? A. A. A healthy breakfast is critical and provides you with energy throughout the whole day. Healthy snacks during the day help generate energy. Also, when at work, use your snack times as “microbreaks” to recharge a bit. Drink plenty of fresh water as well. It helps to cleanse the body. Give yourself an energy boost by avoiding the quick sugary fix. It’s false energy, and in the long term, you will feel worse. Avoid energy drinks.These drinks give you a quick five minute boost, but will leave you drained for a long time afterwards. Q. Q. What is acupuncture and how does it work for MS symptoms? A. A. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese healing method that has been practiced for more than 2,000 years. Acupuncturists believe energy (or chi) travels along 14 main pathways throughout the body. These pathways are called meridians. Disruption of the normal flow of chi is believed to result in disease. By inserting thin, metallic needles along specific meridian points, acupuncturists attempt to alter the flow of energy, generating The Questions and Answers column features questions that have been answered by the MSF for Sharecare, a company dedicated to providing the best health and wellness information online. The MSF has partnered with Sharecare to help spread vital information about the disease to the global MS communityVisit the MSF’s page on Sharecare.com at http://www.sharecare.com/group/multiple-sclerosis-foundation.