Managing the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

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In clear, understandable language and with helpful illustrations, this book explores every symptom of MS and discusses clinically tested and proven methods for the proper and effective management of each. No symptom is omitted: from spasticity, tremor, weakness, and fatigue to bladder, bowel, and sexual difficulties. An enlightening overview of the characteristics of MS, a useful glossary of common medical terms, and a list of helpful exercises round out this comprehensive ...
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Overview

In clear, understandable language and with helpful illustrations, this book explores every symptom of MS and discusses clinically tested and proven methods for the proper and effective management of each. No symptom is omitted: from spasticity, tremor, weakness, and fatigue to bladder, bowel, and sexual difficulties. An enlightening overview of the characteristics of MS, a useful glossary of common medical terms, and a list of helpful exercises round out this comprehensive coverage.

This extensively revised fifth edition remains the definitive guide to managing the symptoms of MS, but also focuses on disease and personal management strategies. It is based on the management program developed at the oldest comprehensive MS Center in the United States, The Fairview MS Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. The disease management section has been expanded to reflect the growth of our knowledge in this area. Newer ways to manage complex and routine symptoms are explored. The book has been substantially reorganized to better reflect the three areas of MS management - management of the disease, management of its symptoms, and management of issues relating to lifestyle and general wellness.

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Editorial Reviews

Physiotherapy
"Recommend[ed] not only for patients but also for doctors and other health professionals that, although not specialised in MS, come in contact with these patients."-- Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine

"...provides a roadmap for patients and professionals to symptomatic relief of MS symptoms... Schapiro doesn't merely provide medical or surgical solutions - he offers lifestyle strategies as well."-- PA Today

"A very helpful book for those who treat multiple sclerosis patients...The book is recommended for neurologists, general physicians, physiotherapists and postgraduate students." -- World Neurology

"Ably written by Dr. Randall T. Schapiro...and now in a newly updated and expanded fourth edition, Managing The Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis is a practical, informative, and medically sound instructional guide to dealing with the day-to-day difficulties induced by MS...especially commended as being a 'reader accessible' resource written especially for those with MS and their medical/familial caretakers""-- The Bookwatch

"This book is written for people with multiple sclerosis, but the comprehensive contents would be of use to undergraduate students or junior practitioners unfamiliar with the area. As such, it would be a useful resource for any multiple sclerosis group or treatment centre and a helpful addition to a departmental library." --Physiotherapy

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Reviewer: Ender A Akan, B.S., M.D.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a resource guide for patients and their families to help them understand the various clinical sequelae of multiple sclerosis (MS) and the various management issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a resource for patients and their families on the management of daily issues associated with multiple sclerosis. The book is worthwhile because multiple sclerosis is a complicated disease with many treatment issues that patients and their caretakers need to understand.
Audience: The book is written for patients and their families. It may also benefit students in the various fields of medicine.
Features: The book covers management and treatment of various problems a patient with MS may encounter. It takes a problem by problem approach and gives tips the patient may use at home. The systemic approach to MS is clear and understandable. It is a good reference for patients who may need to quickly look up and answer a treatment question. The contents also allow the reader to gain independence and control of their disease. The illustrations are not appealing to the eye and could use more completion.
Assessment: This is a high quality publication and a necessary resource for patients and their caretakers to have on hand. It supplements well visits to the physicians any may actually help physicians in the education of patients about the disease.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932603361
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/23/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 192

Meet the Author

Randall T. Schapiro, MD is the founder and former medical director of The Schapiro Center for Multiple Sclerosis at the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology. He is a founding member and first elected president of the Consortium of MS Centers. He served five years on the National Board of the National MS Society, 34 years on the Minnesota board, and currently serves on the Colorado Board. He also serves on the International MS Society's Medical Advisory Board. Schapiro has been elected to the National MS Society Hall of Fame and recently was presented the prestigious Starfish Award by the National MS Society and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Consortium of MS Centers. He retired from private practice in 2009 to devote more time to teaching and consulting on topics related to MS. He lives in Eagle, Colorado.
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Table of Contents

The Disease and Its Management
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Managing the Disease Process
Managing MS Symptoms
Movement and Walking
Fatigue
Spasticity
Weakness
Tremor and Balance
Paroxysmal Symptoms
Mobility - Putting It All Together
Pressure Sores
Bladder and Bowel
Bladder Symptoms
Bowel Symptoms
Speech and Swallowing
Speech Difficulties
Swallowing Difficulties
Sensory Disturbances
Vision
Pain
Dizziness and Vertigo
Numbness, Cold Feet, and Swollen Ankles
Cognition and Memory
Cognitive Difficulties
Your Total Health
Diet and Nutrition
Exercise
Sexuality
Adapting to Multiple Sclerosis
Appendices
Glossary
Exercises for Spasticity
Transfers and Mobility
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