Books

Find here a selection of books with motivating stories about living with Multiple Scleroris (MS) that would help you to deal with the physical and emotional effects of the disease.

Managing the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Author: Randall T. Schapiro

Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, 2007

Summary:

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.


MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis

Author: Allison Shadday

Publisher: Hunter House, 2006

Summary:

Few people are prepared for the emotional impact of Multiple Sclerosis, the unpredictable, disabling chronic inflammatory condition now affecting one out of every thousand Americans. Patients typically experience fear, anger, sadness, guilt, low self-esteem and sexual dysfunction. Half of all MS patients suffer from depression, while invisible symptoms, such as “brain fog” and severe fatigue, often leave them feeling misunderstood and alone. These emotional effects can be as crippling as the physical challenges, yet little has been written on this topic.


Multiple Sclerosis: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier

Author: Shelley Peterman Schwarz

Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, 2006

Summary:

This completely revised second edition of Multiple Sclerosis: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier contains tips, techniques, and shortcuts to help MS patients organize and simplify their lives. With over 300 tips readers will learn to conserve valuable time and energy, develop techniques for making life easier, so they can enjoy life to the fullest.

From basic principles to unique solutions for saving time and energy to specific ideas, this book is packed with helpful information for those coping with the special challenges of a chronic illness. Updated chapters cover Home Safety and Accessibility, Computers and Technology, Looking Good, Feeling Better – Grooming and Dressing, Managing Mealtime, and much more. NEW sections include:

Managing medical issues Travel tips for weekend getaways or extended travel Unique product suggestions for practical helpful items that make everyday tasks easier Resource section to easily locate products and services

Multiple Sclerosis: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier, 2nd Edition is a valuable resource for individuals living with MS, family members, caregivers, and medical professionals.


When the Diagnosis Is Multiple Sclerosis: Help, Hope, and Insights from an Affected Physician

Author: Kym Orsetti Furney

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Summary:

Kym Orsetti Furney was a 34-year-old physician, specializing in Internal Medicine, busy with her exciting job and enjoying life with her husband and young daughter in 2000, when she suddenly began to experience dizziness repeatedly, which rapidly led to a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.

Her world was rocked for a time, but Furney has recovered from the shock and is empowered by information, acceptance and support. She continues working as a doctor, teaching and taking care of her family, despite the challenges of MS.

For all people dealing with a personal or family diagnosis now, she offers help, hope and insights by explaining all the medical perspectives, but also reflecting on her own personal experiences after diagnosis. Never forgetting the fear and hopelessness she felt at the time she learned of her own MS, she discusses the many challenges, from depression and overcoming fear of injection medications, to how and when to tell others about having MS and understanding the impact MS may have on one’s career.


The First Year—Multiple Sclerosis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

Author: Margaret Blackstone

Publisher: Marlowe & Company, 2003

Summary:

Multiple Sclerosis is as much a mystery as it is a disease, but this chronic and often-disabling condition of the central nervous system affects more than 400,000 nationwide. From the first moment of her diagnosis, author Margaret Blackstone took charge and educated herself on every aspect of her condition. Now, as a “patient-expert,” she guides those newly diagnosed step-by-step through their first year with MS. She provides crucial information about the nature of the disease, treatment options, diet, exercise, social concerns, emotional issues, networking with others, and much more. The First Year “TM” — Multiple Sclerosis will be an invaluable guide for everyone learning to live with their MS diagnosis —every hour someone is newly diagnosed with MS – covers the full range of practical, medical, and lifestyle issues related to Multiple Sclerosis.

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This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. You should consult with your health care professional for specific advice relating to your medical questions or condition. Only your practitioner can completely and appropriately assess your situation and make conclusive decisions regarding your care.