100 questions & answers about multiple sclerosis by William A. Sheremata

By William A. Sheremata

Even if you're a newly clinically determined sufferer or a friend of somebody with a number of sclerosis, this booklet bargains details and luxury. thoroughly revised and up-to-date, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately a number of Sclerosis, moment variation offers authoritative, sensible solutions to the commonest questions requested via sufferers. Written by way of a number one expert within the therapy of MS, this easy-to-read e-book is a complete advisor to realizing motives, prognosis, therapy, and masses extra. together with real statement from sufferers, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately a number of Sclerosis, moment variation is a useful source for a person dealing with the scientific, mental, and emotional turmoil of this ailment.

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Qxd 12/23/05 1 0 0 Q & A 9:38 AM Page 38 A B O U T M U L T I P L E S C L E R O S I S patient has never had an attack followed by a remission, they are diagnosed as having primary progressive MS. ” Spinal MS the older term for primary progressive MS, commonly used prior to the modern era of imaging. Cervical spondylosis a disease in which the disks between the vertebral bodies in the neck extrude like mortar between bricks. Sometimes the disks will compress the spinal cord, producing “MS-like” symptoms of weakness and loss of sensation in the legs.

Looking back, I am not sure whether it would have mattered if I had been diagnosed earlier. Over the 20 years before my diagnosis (when I had what I now know were MS symptoms), I had completed college in 3 years, married, graduated from law school, practiced and taught law, lived overseas for 10 years, and planned a family; I had lived a “normal” life. In 1996, after 3 months of severe symptoms and with an MRI showing areas of my brain scarred from prior attacks, MS could no longer be ignored and now loomed large.

I was a typical overachiever: working, making Christmas decorations by hand, entertaining my husband’s corporate clients, starting a soup kitchen at our church, and keeping in touch with family each day. Fatigue was apparently due to hard work at law school and around-the-clock hours as a hostile takeover lawyer in the 1980s. Weakness in my right hand was explained as a side effect from writing a law review article and having a lumpectomy. Changes in my vision were thought to be due to long hours and the water in London causing an occasional film on my contact lenses.

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