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Podcast: Multiple Sclerosis and Vets

Our "MS & Vets" podcast series, developed in collaboration with the VA Employee Education System, discusses important issues related to the health and quality of life for Veterans with MS. During every episode you’ll hear subject matter experts weigh in on MS issues and talk about services the VA provides, because every Veteran’s health really does matter. 

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The main page for the "MS & Vets" podcast series is on Spreaker. When you go to the "MS & Vets" Spreaker page, you will see a listing of the podcasts that are available for listening. 

If you would like to receive alerts for when new podcasts are available, you must download one of the apps below and set up your account to receive alerts for the podcast. 

A new podcast will be posted the 2nd Monday of each month.

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  2. Apple Podcast
  3. Castbox
  4. Deezer
  5. Google Podcast
  6. iHeart Radio
  7. JioSaavn
  8. Pocket Casts
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  10. Podchaser
  11. Spotify
  12. Spreaker

May 8, 2023

How is MS Diagnosed?

Speaker: Vicky Chen, MD

The diagnosis of MS is complex. The symptoms and clinical signs of MS often come and go, and symptoms are not the same for every person. The diagnosis of MS in some people is quite quick, taking a few weeks, when the person has a very typical presentation. It may take months or even years, when a person’s presentation is less typical. Join Dr. Vicky Chen to learn more about the criteria used to diagnose MS. 

June 12, 2023

Pain and MS

Speaker: Tamar Harel, MD

Pain is a common MS symptom that can occur at any time in the disease course. Studies show that more than half of people with MS have experienced pain associated with their MS at some time. Pain is important to understand because, if left untreated, it can affect relationships, mood, sleep, work, and the ability to have fun and generally enjoy life. Join Dr. Tamar Harel who will describe MS pain and the many ways to successfully manage pain.

July 10, 2023

Caregiver Burn Out and Self-Care

Speaker: Bethany Ferguson, LCSW

Dedicating time, energy, and emotional commitment to another person can be fulfilling in so many ways. For many, being a caregiver provides richness in life and an expression of love for the person who needs assistance. Yet, the demands of care giving are great and this can sometimes lead to fatigue, stress, and feelings of depression, what many refer to as caregiver burnout. Join Ms. Bethany Ferguson to learn how caregivers can avoid burnout and learn to care for themselves.

August 14, 2023

Choosing a DMT

Speaker: Kayla Martin, MD

All people with MS should discuss taking a disease modifying therapy (DMT) with their MS provider. When offered, most people with MS choose to take them. Fortunately, we now have several DMTs that slow the course of MS. These medications have all been proven to benefit people with MS in well-designed large studies. Because DMTs, like any medication, come with risks, people with MS must decide for themselves. Join Dr. Kayla Martin to better understand your DMT options.


April 10, 2023: Seizures and Epilepsy in People with MS
March 13, 2023: Mindfulness Strategies for Healthy Living
February 13, 2023: Spasticity and MS
January 9, 2023: Relapse Management for People with MS
November 14, 2022: Balance and Falls in MS
October 10, 2022:
 Improving Sleep for People with MS
September 12, 2022:
 Diet and MS
August 8, 2022:
 Disability Progression and Aging in MS
July 11, 2022:
 Complementary and Alternative Therapies and MS
June 13, 2022: 
Exercise as an MS Therapy
May 9, 2022: 
Pregnancy and MS
April 11, 2022: 
Choosing the Best Disease Modifying Therapy for You
March 14, 2022:
 Home Safety Evaluation
February 14, 2022:
 Benefits of Outdoor Adventure for People with MS
January 10, 2022: 
Building Emotional Resilience
December 13, 2021: Fatigue and MS
November 8, 2021: Multi-Disciplinary Care in MS: It Takes a Village
October 11, 2021: The Basics of VA Benefits and Resources

September 13, 2021: Overview of MS Research in the VA
August 9, 2021: Whole Health: A New Model of Healthcare for Veterans
July 12, 2021: Telehealth for Veterans with MS: Getting the Most Out of Your Virtual Visit
June 14, 2021: Vaccines and MS: What You Need to Know

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