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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 fi fth 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? ;

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, Appendixes, Glossary, NMSS Disease Management Consensus Statement, Additional Readings, Recommended Resources

;"A most worthwhile resource for people with MS, their families and caregivers, and the medical and other support staff who work with them. Highly recommended."-Library Journal 11/1/2011

"In this comprehensive new edition, Dr. Kalb and colleagues have successfully blended together the expertise of professionals with real-life examples that bear witness to the realities of life with MS. If you could have only one resource for MS information, this is the one. Every professional who works in the field of MS as well as people with MS and their families would benefit from the critical questions posed in this book and the cogent answers provided."-Peggy Crawford, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Department of Neurology, University of Cincinnati Medical School

" I have recommended this book to my patients since its first edition because it is an extremely comprehensive reference for people no matter what stage they are in on their journey with MS. There is comfort in knowing others have asked similar questions to those they have and that answers ar

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Multiple sclerosis is a mysterious disease affecting the brain and spinal cord. It's an autoimmune disease like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and the cause is unknown. It involves the destruction of the protective coating on nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing the brain's electrical signals to be disrupted. The symptoms, their severity and course of MS vary, depending on the location of the nerve damage. Early symptoms include muscle weakness, lack of coordination, vision problems and eventually there are cognitive problems.This book, by Dr. Rosalind Kalb, is one of the most useful books one could find and is written in a straightforward, easy-to-read style. There might be more information than one could want, but the question and answer format makes it easy to dip into the book at various points and read as much as needed at a particular time. In fact, reading it cover to cover would be impossible in my opinion. It is divided into four parts, each of which is a collection of articles by specialists in their field, covering topics ranging from alternative therapies, sexual dysfunction, and navigating insurance and work issues. It will help a patient and his/her family cope with the disease, be better able to make financial decisions and develop plans for daily life.more
For anyone who has been diagnosed with MS -- or anyone with a family member or close friend who has been diagnosed -- this book is an excellent resource. In a clear question-and-answer format, it covers just about every aspect of life with MS. That includes emotional and psychological issues to legal questions, about employment and financial planning. And it's written by experts for laypeople, so you feel comfortable that you can rely on the information -- and understand it. It's really a reference work, not something you are likely to sit down and read cover to cover. But if you have a question, or an area of life with MS that you'd like to know more about, this is the first book I would consult.more
Medical books typically fall into two categories in my opinion. so overly medical that they don't make sense to the typical reader and those so simple that they are dangerous. This book falls into the third category, medical books that are actually useful and informative. Multiple sclerosis is described in easily understandable language and it makes sense when you are living with MS or someone who has MS. The discussion of symptoms and treatments is well done. The question and answer format allows you to zero in on the actual events you live with or are afraid you might have to live with. Fear, that is the key to my positive review. So much of living with MS is the fear of what might be that it is easy to miss the fact that one can actually live with the reality of MS and live happily when one understands the disease. My wife and I live with her MS everyday and the topics covered in this book are exactly the topics that help us ensure that we live a happy life despite what MS may or may not conspire to visit on us. Knowledge always make it easier to deal with whatever problems you have to face. I highly recommend this book for anyone with MS, for anyone who has a family member with MS, or anyone who is afraid that they might have to deal with MS.more
I won this book through Library Thing website. I took my time with this book. There is so much good information. I have found that it has ALOT of good information. This is the best book I have found on the subject. I like the advice the book gives you. This is a great book for the person with MS and the family.more
I recently went through a series of hospital stays with my son and one of the possible diagnoses was MS. This book was so helpful and answered all the questions I has and then some. It is written in layman's terminology and is organized into great chapters. I can not think of a more comprehensive guide to this disease.more
This Fifth Edition of the MS reference book is no doubt well-known to the population it is designed to serve - those with MS and their families. The question/answer format makes it possible to zero in on the particular issues of concerns of the person needing the information. Divided into four parts, and 23 chapters, along with an index and four appendices, it is easy to find the material that pertains to one's concerns. Against the recommendations of the initial "Note to the Reader" I have now read directly through the first 13 chapters of the book, and feel as though I can now review it with some degree of confidence.I do not have MS, nor do any members of my family; however, I have a friend with late-stage MS (confined to bed most of the time) as well as a friend with just-diagnosed ALS that is moving ahead rapidly. While these are two different diseases, I do believe that some of the material in this book can benefit both.A sampling of topics includes an introduction to the disease, treatment options, complementary and alternativ e medicines, physical therapy and occupational therapy roles in the management of the disease, how it affects sexuality, speech and voice problems, and swallowing (these are issues that both my friends might face), cognitive challenges, emotional issues, issues related to interacting with famioy members, fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth issues, as well as a chapter on pediatric MS. There are also chapters on employment, insurance, long-term care, and life planning. The appendices cover a glossary of terms used (all boldfaced in the text), as well as medications commonly prescribed, additional readings that are recommended, and resources available to those facing this diagnosis. All in all I would suspect this is a very helpful book for those facing the issues that MS brings into one's life, and I look forward to making it available to the local community by donating this copy to our college library.more
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Multiple sclerosis is a mysterious disease affecting the brain and spinal cord. It's an autoimmune disease like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and the cause is unknown. It involves the destruction of the protective coating on nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing the brain's electrical signals to be disrupted. The symptoms, their severity and course of MS vary, depending on the location of the nerve damage. Early symptoms include muscle weakness, lack of coordination, vision problems and eventually there are cognitive problems.This book, by Dr. Rosalind Kalb, is one of the most useful books one could find and is written in a straightforward, easy-to-read style. There might be more information than one could want, but the question and answer format makes it easy to dip into the book at various points and read as much as needed at a particular time. In fact, reading it cover to cover would be impossible in my opinion. It is divided into four parts, each of which is a collection of articles by specialists in their field, covering topics ranging from alternative therapies, sexual dysfunction, and navigating insurance and work issues. It will help a patient and his/her family cope with the disease, be better able to make financial decisions and develop plans for daily life.more
For anyone who has been diagnosed with MS -- or anyone with a family member or close friend who has been diagnosed -- this book is an excellent resource. In a clear question-and-answer format, it covers just about every aspect of life with MS. That includes emotional and psychological issues to legal questions, about employment and financial planning. And it's written by experts for laypeople, so you feel comfortable that you can rely on the information -- and understand it. It's really a reference work, not something you are likely to sit down and read cover to cover. But if you have a question, or an area of life with MS that you'd like to know more about, this is the first book I would consult.more
Medical books typically fall into two categories in my opinion. so overly medical that they don't make sense to the typical reader and those so simple that they are dangerous. This book falls into the third category, medical books that are actually useful and informative. Multiple sclerosis is described in easily understandable language and it makes sense when you are living with MS or someone who has MS. The discussion of symptoms and treatments is well done. The question and answer format allows you to zero in on the actual events you live with or are afraid you might have to live with. Fear, that is the key to my positive review. So much of living with MS is the fear of what might be that it is easy to miss the fact that one can actually live with the reality of MS and live happily when one understands the disease. My wife and I live with her MS everyday and the topics covered in this book are exactly the topics that help us ensure that we live a happy life despite what MS may or may not conspire to visit on us. Knowledge always make it easier to deal with whatever problems you have to face. I highly recommend this book for anyone with MS, for anyone who has a family member with MS, or anyone who is afraid that they might have to deal with MS.more
I won this book through Library Thing website. I took my time with this book. There is so much good information. I have found that it has ALOT of good information. This is the best book I have found on the subject. I like the advice the book gives you. This is a great book for the person with MS and the family.more
I recently went through a series of hospital stays with my son and one of the possible diagnoses was MS. This book was so helpful and answered all the questions I has and then some. It is written in layman's terminology and is organized into great chapters. I can not think of a more comprehensive guide to this disease.more
This Fifth Edition of the MS reference book is no doubt well-known to the population it is designed to serve - those with MS and their families. The question/answer format makes it possible to zero in on the particular issues of concerns of the person needing the information. Divided into four parts, and 23 chapters, along with an index and four appendices, it is easy to find the material that pertains to one's concerns. Against the recommendations of the initial "Note to the Reader" I have now read directly through the first 13 chapters of the book, and feel as though I can now review it with some degree of confidence.I do not have MS, nor do any members of my family; however, I have a friend with late-stage MS (confined to bed most of the time) as well as a friend with just-diagnosed ALS that is moving ahead rapidly. While these are two different diseases, I do believe that some of the material in this book can benefit both.A sampling of topics includes an introduction to the disease, treatment options, complementary and alternativ e medicines, physical therapy and occupational therapy roles in the management of the disease, how it affects sexuality, speech and voice problems, and swallowing (these are issues that both my friends might face), cognitive challenges, emotional issues, issues related to interacting with famioy members, fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth issues, as well as a chapter on pediatric MS. There are also chapters on employment, insurance, long-term care, and life planning. The appendices cover a glossary of terms used (all boldfaced in the text), as well as medications commonly prescribed, additional readings that are recommended, and resources available to those facing this diagnosis. All in all I would suspect this is a very helpful book for those facing the issues that MS brings into one's life, and I look forward to making it available to the local community by donating this copy to our college library.more
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