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Multiple Sclerosis

The Questions You Have-The Answers You Need


Rosalind Kalb

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Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have, The Answers You Need, 5th Edition is the definitive guide for everyone concerned with the disease - those who have MS and those who share their lives with someone who has it. It covers a wide range of topics in an accessible question and answer format that allows people to easily find the information they need while providing a model of successful communication with healthcare providers.

The contributors are leading authorities in all areas of multiple sclerosis management, who proffer expert answers to the most common questions about living with MS-medical, emotional, social, and economic - and represents a interdisciplinary approach to the disease. The book's goal is to help those living with MS live the lives they aspire to lead. The chapters cover everything from treatment to emotional, sexual, and employment issues.

The new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated throughout. The book provides the most current information on multiple sclerosis including a review of the controversy surrounding CCVSI, discussion of the first two pills in development for the disease, new information on the drug Tysabri, emotional issues, and the family.

The thoroughly revised and updated fifth edition of the classic Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have, The Answers You Need answers even more of your questions about how to live and thrive with MS.

  • What are the current drug therapies for MS?
  • What about alternative medicine?
  • Should I exercise?
  • How common is depression with MS?

Product Details

  • Publication Date November 11, 2011
  • Page Count 448
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303168

About The Author(s)

Dr. Rosalind Kalb MD

Rosalind C. Kalb is Vice President of the Professional Resource Center at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) in New York City, providing educational materials and consultation services for healthcare professionals. She is the author of Multiple Sclerosis a Guide for Families, 3rd Edition and co-author of Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Cognitive Challenges both published by Demos Health. She is co-author of The A to Z of Multiple Sclerosis published by Checkmark Books in 2006, and is co-author of Multiple Sclerosis For Dummies. She regularly publishes in professional journals and speaks all over on the world on the subject.

Table of Contents

"Part I MS: What's it all about?
What Should I Know About this Book?
MS: An Introduction to the Disease
Who Gets MS and Why?
Symptom Management at a Glance
Part II: How is MS Treated?
How MS Treatments are Developed
Considering the Options for Managing Relapses and the Disease Course
Looking at Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The Role of Physical Therapy: Strategies to Enhance Independence and Productivity at Home and at Work
The Role of Occupational Therapy: Strategies to Enhance Independence and Productivity at Home and at Work
How MS Affects Sexuality and Intimacy
Speech and Voice Problems: Assessing and Managing
Swallowing Problems
Cognitive Challenges
Part III: How Do Individuals and Families Cope with the Challenge of MS?
Coping and Adaptation: Making a Place for MS in Your Life
Emotional Changes and the Role of Stress
How MS Affects the Family
Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth and Gynecologic Care
Children Get MS Too
Part IV: What Are the Recommended Financial and Life Planning Strategies?
Maximizing Employment Options
Managing the Insurance Maze
Thinking Proactively About Long-Term Care
Effective Life Planning Begins Now
NMSS Disease Management Consensus Statement
Additional Readings
Recommended Resources"