I was just recently diagnosed with MS about 2 months ago and am still dealing with the fact that I have it. With that said I was put on disability for the first time in my life and am going to start educating myself with MS. I know that Physical Therapy would be a great start to help with my balance and strengthening of my legs, which I think in turn will help diminish the tingling sensation I get in my feet that radiate up into my thighs. My question is which is a great Physical Therapist, and who is a good counselor for someone who just found out they have MS and how to cope?
Thank you for having this site up it really helps to read through and see people's questions that I have had through this process. It helps to know I am not alone :-)
No, you are not alone and there are many resources to turn to. This website was set up for that very purpose. We will be adding a feature over the next few weeks that will be called "MS HealthCare Journey" which will provide a 'how-to', 'step-by-step' approach that might be of interest to you so stay tuned for that.
Below is a link to a blog written by Julie Hom, MPT, NCS who is a physical therapist specializing in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis and balance and fall prevention. It contains information on how to find a physical therapist who specializes in MS.
Julie has written some additional blogs about physical therapy that you might be interested in as well. http://www.healthcarejourney.com/physical-therapy-blog
As for a counselor, speak with your physician as they will likely know of counselors in your area that have worked with MS patients. If not, please write back and we will assist you in finding one in your area.
Kudos to you for reaching out and for being proactive in finding out how to best manage your MS. Keep reaching out and asking questions.