Research Ideas

These research questions have been driven by iConquerMS participants as part of the Our Questions Have Power program. iConquerMS participants can vote or comment on the questions they most want to see answered by research.

Please use the Category, Stage, Priority and Sort by filters to find the questions that are of most interest to you and vote or comment on those questions. Your votes and comments will determine the priorities for advancing the questions to co-created studies with MS researchers.

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    Regarding varying levels of numbness during intercourse for people with MS; What can be done to increase sensations during sexual activity? Are there programs that focus on the mental experience during sex to circumvent the lack of physical feeling?

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    When diagnosed with more than one autoimmune disease, what are some ways to distinguish the roots of the symptoms and how to manage them appropriately?

    MS symptoms are often similar to other autoimmune disease symptoms as well as medication side effects. At times it is very difficult to distinguish why a symptom is caused, for example fatigue when having MS, Connected Tissue Disease, Hashimoto's, Depression, and taking Alendronate (Risedronate) for Osteoporosis. The preface of my proposed question is, does it matter what causes it? If it does, how to you deal with the cause and if it continues more than 'normal', what are the best approaches to handle it and who should you reach out to?
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    Different people have different symptoms and react differently to different medications. I propose a study to see if different physical therapy (PT) regimens may be more effective that others. For instance, land-based PT, vs pool-based, and even Yoga?

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    Why does there seem to be little research and treatment options for dizzyness/lightheaded feelings?

    This is one of my most irritating symptoms and it gets worse the longer I am active. Vertigo medication only seems to help a little if it is very bad. What are the best treatment/management options for dizziness/lightheadedness?
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    Do people with MS on baclofen experience fatigue worse than those who are not on baclofen? Do people with MS on baclofen experience fatigue worse than people using baclofen for non-MS conditions?

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    What are the best strategies for preventing falls in people with MS based on specific causes, such as dizziness or weakness? Are combinations of some strategies more effective than single strategies alone?

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    What can people with MS following specific diets expect in terms of fatigue improvement, and is this affected by personal characteristics, like age, disability level, or initial fatigue level? Can combining diet with exercise help reduce fatigue further?

    A number of research studies have shown that specific diets or exercise can improve fatigue in people with MS. More evidence is needed that can help to personalize the treatment of fatigue in MS.
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    Are the frequencies and characteristics of “MS Hug” different for people with MS (PwMS) of different characteristics, such as age, sex or disability level? Are some MS Hug treatments more effective than others in specific PwMS?

    I'd also like to know if combinations of treatments are more effective than any single treatment for MS Hug.
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