Living with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

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Living with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

Overcoming the Challenges:Second Edition


Patricia Coyle

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"According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 15% of MS patients are diagnosed with the progressive form of the disease and experience symptoms such as tremor, poor coordination, difficulty walking, and other problems from the start. While an additional 50%, of those diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS, will develop progressive MS within 10 years. Living with Multiple Sclerosis: Overcoming the Challenges, 2nd Edition is written for people who have been diagnosed with the progressive form of multiple sclerosis. It focuses on the newest advances in managing worsening symptoms and offers hope to MS patients facing the future.

This concise and practical overview educates patients about diagnosis, disease-modifying therapies, managing difficult symptoms, and coping strategies. Other topics include:

  • Top Ten Questions about Progressive MS
  • Can Progressive MS be Treated?
  • Vocational and Legal Issues
  • A Glimpse into the Future

This encouraging and informative book will be a welcome addition to any patient, healthcare professional, or institutional library."

Product Details

  • Publication Date October 19, 2007
  • Page Count 162
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603477

About The Author(s)

Dr. Patricia Coyle MD

Patricia K. Coyle, MD, is professor of neurology and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center at the School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is one of the country's leading specialists in the management of multiple sclerosis.

Table of Contents

"Introduction -What is Progressive MS? Definitions and New Theories
How is Progressive MS Diagnosed?
Treatment Issues - Can progressive MS be treated? Interferon betas (Avonex, Betaseron, Rebif)
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone)
Mitoxantrone (Novantrone)
Natalizumab (Tysabri)
Other Therapies
Treatment Failure - Is My Treatment Working?
Future Therapies for Progressive MS
CNS Repair
Symptom Management - Spasticity
Bladder and Bowel
Sexual Dysfunction
Tremor. General Issues - Establishing a Wellness Program
How to Optimize Use of Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices
Vocational and Legal Issues
Coping Issues
Summary - Top Ten Questions about Progressive MS
Progressive MS: A Glimpse into the Future"