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Re: ThisIsMS Forums FAQ

Post by Bellalisimo » Sat May 21, 2016 7:11 pm

Im not sure how to submit a question on this forum

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Re: ThisIsMS Forums FAQ

Post by NHE » Sat May 21, 2016 10:10 pm

Bellalisimo wrote:Im not sure how to submit a question on this forum
Discussion at ThisIsMS is usually focused on one of the topics represented by the various forums listed on the main page. Just find the forum that's best related to the topic of your question and then click on the 'New Topic' button within that forum.

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Re: ThisIsMS Forums FAQ

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Re: ThisIsMS Forums FAQ

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Q: Sometimes I find that the URL I've put into my post doesn't show up and there's just a large blank space instead.

A: This is a problem that began to appear following the Forum's software update in January 2019. To work around it, use the [url][/url] BBCode around your URL to make sure that it's correctly recognized. Example: [url][/url]

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Re: Frequently used abbreviations

Post by NHE » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:58 am

NHE wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:27 pm
Q: I've noticed that many abbreviations are frequently used in the forums. Is there someplace I can look them up?

A: Yes. Here's a list of commonly used abbreviations at ThisIsMS. Note: If there's something I've missed, send me a PM and let me know and I'll add it.


2MWT: 2-Minute Walk Test
6MWT: 6-Minute Walk Test
9HPT: nine-hole peg test


ABC's: Avonex, Betaseron & Copaxone
ABX: antibiotics
ACTRIMS: Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis
AD: Alzheimer's Disease
ADEM: acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
AE: Adverse Event
AFO: Ankle Foot Orthosis
AI: antibody indices
ALS: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
AO: atlas orthogonal
APC: antigen presenting cell
APS: antiphospholipid syndrome
ARR: annual relapse rate
AZV: azygos vein


BAEP: Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials
BBB: blood brain barrier
BBS: Berg Balance Scale
BFS: Benign Fasciculation Syndrome
BICAMS: Brief International Cognitive Assessment for Multiple Sclerosis
BMA: bone marrow aspiration
BMIBP: Birt Memory and Information Processing Battery
BMT: bone marrow transplant
BNAC: Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center
BOLD MRI: Blood-oxygen-level dependent MRI
BP: blood pressure


CAT: computer assisted tomography, CAT scan
CBC: Complete Blood Count
CBF: cerebral blood flow
CBFV: cerebral blood flow velocity
CCSVI: Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency
CCSVO: Chronic CerebroSpinal Venous Obstruction
CCT: Cerebral Circulation Time
CCVBP: chronic craniocervical venous back pressure
CD: coeliac disease
CDMS: clinically definite multiple sclerosis
CDP: confirmed disability progression
CDS: color Doppler sonography
CF: Cognitive Fatigue
CFS: chronic fatigue syndrome
CGI: Clinical Global Impression of change scale
CIDP: Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
CIS: clinically isolated syndrome
CMSC: Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
CMT: Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder
CNS: central nervous system
COP1: copolymer-1, Copaxone
CPN: Chlamydia pneumoniae
CRABs: Copaxone, Rebif, Avonex & Betaseron
CREAE: Chronic relapsing experimental allergic encephalomyelitis
CSF: cerebrospinal fluid
CST: cranial sacral therapy
CT: computed tomography
CTEVD: combined transcranial and extracranial venous doppler
CTS: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
CVR: Cerebrovascular Reactivity


DDX: differential diagnosis
DGI: Dynamic Gate Index
DHQ: Diet Habits Questionnaire
DMD: disease modifying drug
DMT: Disease Modifying Therapy
DTI: diffusion tensor imaging
DVT: deep vein thrombosis
DX: diagnosed or diagnosis


EAE: experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis
EBV: Epstein-Barr virus
ECD: Echo Color Doppler
ECDU: extracranial duplex ultrasound
ECTRIMS: European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis
EDS: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
EDSS: expanded disability status scale
EMG: Electromyography


FAB: Frontal Assessment Battery
FAS: fatigue assessment scale
FFQ: Food Frequency Questionnaire
FLAIR MRI: Fluid-Attenuated Inversion Recovery MRI
FLS: Flu Like Symptoms
FMLA: Family and Medical Leave Act
fMRI: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
FMS: Fibromyalgia Syndrome
FMT: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation
FND: Functional Neurological Disorder
FODMAP: Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Monosaccharides And Polyols
FRT: Functional Reach Test
FSS: fatigue severity scale
FTSST: Five Times Sit-to-Stand Test (sec)


GA: glatiramer acetate, Copaxone
GAD: gadolinium, an MRI contrast agent
GM: gray matter
GM-CSF: Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor
GMV: gray matter volume
GNDS: Guy's neurological disability scale
GP: general practitioner


HADS: Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale
HBOT: hyperbaric oxygen therapy
HC: healthy controls
HE: hyperammonemic encephalopathy
HERV: human endogenous retrovirus
HLA: human leukocyte antigen
HNPP: Hereditary Neuropathy with liability to Pressure Palsies
HRQoL: Health-Related Quality of Life
HSCT: hematopoietic stem cell therapy


IBT: inclined bed therapy
ICP: intracranial pressure
ICARS: International Cooperative Ataxia Rating Scale
IDD: inflammatory demyelinating disease
IEB: Intestinal Epithelial Barrier
IfnB: interferon beta
IfnB1a: interferon beta-1a, Avonex or Rebif
IfnB1b: interferon beta-1b, Betaseron
IIH: idiopathic intracranial hypertension
IJV: internal jugular vein
IJV-CSA: Internal Jugular Vein Cross-Sectional Area
IL-#: interleukin, e.g., IL-2 & IL-10
IM: intramuscular
INO: Internuclear Ophthalmoplegia
INVD: Institute for Neurovascular Diseases
IPIR: immediate post injection reaction
IR: interventional radiologist
IR-prep GE MRI: Inversion-recovery prepared Gradient Echo MRI
IRIS: immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome
IRT: Immune Reconstitution Therapy
IV: Intravenous
IVIG: Intravenous Immunoglobulin
IVUS: intravascular ultrasound


JCV: John Cunningham virus, associated with PML


KPS: Karnofsky Performance Scale


LACTRIMS: Latin American Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis
LCLA: Low Contrast Letter Acuity
LDN: Low Dose Naltrexone
LIJV: left internal jugular vein
LLMD: lyme literate medical doctor
LME: Leptomeningeal Contrast Enhancement
LMI: Leptomeningeal Inflammation
LP: Lumbar Puncture


MACFIMS: minimal assessment of cognitive functions in MS
MAFO: Molded Ankle-Foot Orthosis
MAG: myelin associated glycoprotein
MBP: myelin basic protein
mCSF: macrophage colony-stimulating factor
MCTD: Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
MCMS: Myelocortical MS
ME: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
MFI: Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory
MFIS: modified fatigue impact scale
mfVEP: multifocal visual evoked potentials
MG: Myasthenia Gravis
MHC: major histocompatibility complex
MHC: mental health composite
Mini-BESTest: Mini-Balance Evaluations Systems Test
MMP: matrix metalloproteinases
MOG: myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein
MP-RAGE MRI: Magnetization Prepared Rapid Acquisition Gradient Echo MRI
MRA: magnetic resonance angiography
MRF: Myelin Repair Foundation
MRI: magnetic resonance imaging
MRN: magnetic resonance neurography
MRV: magnetic resonance venography
MRZR: MRZ Reaction
MRZ Reaction: Measles, Rubeola and Zoster reaction
MSAA: Multiple Sclerosis Association Of America
MSC: mesenchymal stem cells
MSFC: Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite
MSIS: Multiple Sclerosis Impact Scale
MSQ: Mental Status Questionnaire
MSQLI: Multiple Sclerosis Quality-of-Life Inventory
MSRV: multiple sclerosis associated retrovirus
MSSS: Multiple Sclerosis Severity Score
MSWS-12: 12-Item Multiple Sclerosis Walking Scale
MTHFR: methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase
MTS: May-Thurner Syndrome


NAWM: normal appearing white matter
NCS: National CCSVI Society
NCS: Nutcracker Syndrome, aka, Renal Vein Compression
NEDA: No Evidence of Disease Activity
NFL: Neurofilament Light Chains
NINDS: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
NKC: natural killer cell
NMO: neuromyelitis optica, Devic's Disease
NMOSD: neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders
NMR: nuclear magnetic resonance
NMES: Neuro Muscular Electric Stimulation
NMSS: National Multiple Sclerosis Society
NPH: normal pressure hydrocephalus
NUCCA: National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association


OCB: oligoclonal bands
OCMB: oligoclonal M bands
OCT: optical coherence tomography
ON: optic neuritis
OPC: Oligodendrocyte Precursor Cells
OT: occupational therapy


PACTRIMS: Pan-Asian Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis
PASAT: Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test
PBMC: Peripheral blood mononuclear cell
PBX: probiotics
PCNSL: Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
PCP: primary care physician
PCS: Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
PD: Parkinson's Disease
PET: Positron emission tomography
PHC: physical health composite
PHN: Post Herpetic Neuralgia
PLP: proteolipid protein
PLS: primary lateral sclerosis
PLWM: peri-lesional white matter
PML: progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
PNS: peripheral nervous system
POMS: pediatric onset multiple sclerosis
PoNS: Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator
POTS: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
PPMS: primary progressive MS
PRES: Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome
PRMS: progressive relapsing MS
PT: physical therapist or physical therapy
PTA: percutaneous transluminal angioplasty
PUFA: polyunsaturated fatty acid
PVSAT: Paced Visual Serial Addition Test
PwMS: people with MS


QSM: quantitative susceptibility mapping, an MR imaging technique


RBC: red blood cell
RCT: randomized controlled trial
RDwCNS: rheumatologic disorders with CNS involvement
RF: Relapse Free
RIJV: right internal jugular vein
RIMS: Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis
RIS: radiologically isolated syndrome
RRMS: relapse remitting MS


SBBP: Short Physical Performance Battery
SC: subcutaneous
SDGM: Subcortical Deep Gray Matter
SDMT: Symbol Digit Modalities Test
SDR: severe disease reactivation
SEP: Sensory Evoked Potentials
SESS: Subjective Evaluating Spasticity Scale
SF-36: Short Form-36 Questionnaire
SFB: segmented filamentous bacteria
SFN: small fiber neuropathy
SGI: Subject Global Impression of change scale
SIR: Society of Interventional Radiology
SNPs: single-nucleotide polymorphisms
SNS: somatic nervous system
SOT: Sacro-Occipital Technique
SOT: Sensory Organization Test
SPECT: single photon emission computed tomography
SPMS: secondary progressive MS
SPS: Stiff Person Syndrome
SS: Sjögren's Syndrome
SSEPs: Somatosensory Evoked Potentials
SSVP: superior sagittal sinus venous pressure
SWI: Susceptibility weighted imaging
SX: symptoms or side effects


T25FW: timed 25-foot walk
TCM: traditional Chinese medicine
TCR: T-cell receptor
TENS: Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator
TFE MRI: Turbo Field Echo MRI
TFH Cells: Follicular Helper T Cells
TM: transverse myelitis or transverse myelopathy
TMT: Trail Making Test (Parts A & B)
TN: trigeminal neuralgia
TNF: tumor necrosis factor
TOS: thoracic outlet syndrome
TSQM: Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire for Medication.
TT10W: timed 10-foot tandem walk
TUG: Timed Up and Go (sec)
TW25: timed 25-foot walk


UC: upper cervical
UCC: upper cervical chiropractic
US: ultrasound


VA: visual acuity
VCE: video capsule endoscopy
VEP: visual evoked potentials
VHISS: venous hemodynamic insufficiency severity score
VV: vertebral veins
VZV: Varicella zoster virus


WBC: white blood cell
WBV: whole brain volume
WM: white matter
WMV: white matter volume


YOPD: Young Onset Parkinson's Disease

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