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Multiple Sclerosis For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Rosalind Kalb , Barbara Giesser , Kathleen Costello
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Your trusted, compassionate guide to living with MS

Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) doesn't mean your life is over. Everyone's MS is different and no one can predict exactly what yours will be like. The fact is, lots of people live their lives with MS without making a full-time job of it.

Multiple Sclerosis For Dummies gives you accessible, easy-to-understand information about what happens with MS—what kinds of symptoms it can cause, how it can affect your life at home and at work, what you can do to feel and function better, and how you can protect yourself and your family against the long-term unpredictability of the disease. You'll learn how to make treatment and lifestyle choices that work for you, what qualities to look for in a neurologist and the rest of your healthcare team, how to manage fatigue, the pros and cons of alternative medicine, why and how to talk to your kids about MS, stress management strategies, your rights under the Americans with Disabilities act, and so much more.

  • Covers major medical breakthroughs that slow the progression of the disease and improve quality of life for those living with MS
  • Helps those affected by MS and their family members understand the disease and the latest treatment options
  • Helpful and trusted advice on coping with physical, mental, emotional, and financial aspects of MS

Complete with listings of valuable resources such as other books, websites, and community agencies and organizations that you can tap for information or assistance, Multiple Sclerosis For Dummies gives you everything you need to make educated choices and comfortable decisions about living with MS.

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Take charge of your MS and live a full, active life

Need to know more about MS? This friendly, authoritative guide gives you expert advice on making personal treatment choices, managing symptoms, staying healthy, and maximizing your health insurance options — as well as knowing how to deal with relapses and complications so you can keep your life on track.

  • You have MS: now what? — understand your diagnosis, get a handle on your feelings, and get to know the treatment options and healthcare professionals that can help

  • Get a game plan — develop immediate and long-term strategies for slowing disease activity, dealing with relapses, and managing symptoms

  • Here's to your health — find out how to take care of yourself with a balanced diet, the right kind of exercise, restful sleep, and stress management techniques

  • Make it personal — discover how to manage lifestyle issues with MS, from keeping the family rhythm going after diagnosis to building and maintaining healthy relationships

  • Plan for the future — get helpful, sensitive advice on facing scary "what-ifs" and making effective plans for an unpredictable future

Open the book and find:

  • The latest on medications and treatment options

  • Tips on managing mood changes, memory problems, bladder challenges, and more

  • Possible MS triggers

  • Ways to keep daily life on track

  • Considerations for complementary and alternative medicine

  • The relationship between stress and MS

  • How to explain MS to others

  • Planning a family around your MS

Learn to:

  • Make treatment and lifestyle choices that work for you

  • Manage fatigue, walking problems, and visual changes

  • Find stress management strategies that work for you

  • Talk to your kids about MS

About the Author

Rosalind Kalb, Ph.D., Barbara Giesser, MD, and Kathleen Costello, ANP-BC, have over 80 years' combined professional experience in working with people living with multiple sclerosis. For each of them, MS was, is, and will be their chosen career.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Information...Even After 10 Years January 12, 2013
By Patti
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I bought the updated version of this book because I bought the older version when I was originally diagnosed. I was looking for new information. I still pull out the book to look for answers for various things going on with my body. I often wonder if something going on is MS related or non MS related. The newer book does have new information. Since I bought the first one, there has been headway made in research and medicine development.

Great book for the newly diagnosed, or even someone who's been diagnosed for a while.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best source for information on MS. May 17, 2013
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This book helped answer many of the questions we had about MS.
I would highly recommend to anyone that has MS or a family
member wit MS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Informative and complete book October 15, 2013
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This book answers all questions. I will be passing it to my family so they can understand what I have to deal with.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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a family member has the disease recently diagnosed.....all the scary stories you hear..well this is the "real deal" in explaining the disease and the different types ..a great reference! This is one book used by the MS Society.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have October 3, 2013
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A "must have" book for those who have the disease as well as caregivers, family and friends. A great look at the progression, types and challenges in an easy to read and reference format.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative October 3, 2013
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Informative read.
Written in an amusing way.
Written in an easy to understand way.
Thank you for a great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book on MS September 26, 2013
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I bought this book for my son who has MS.
He has had it for 10 years.
He needed information on how the disease progresses.
He told me this book is for someone who is newly diagnosed.
He said it is OK but it was to basic for what he wanted.
So for anyone who is newly diagnosed it is a very good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for newly diagnosed August 18, 2013
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Just recently being diagnosed this is a book full of fantastic non medical jargon information for the lay person--- BRAVO to the authors! I have a list of about 10 items to discuss with my neurologist on my next visit --- that I discovered as a result of reading this book -- I have a feeling I will be referring to it in the future as well
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Why i didnt like this book
I suffered a terrible MS relapse as I was reading this and ended up in hospital for over a week, and felt it depressed me somewhat so couldn't be inspired to finish it
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE FOR MS SUFFERERS
Great book! I am newly diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis, and I have found this book to b very valuable, informative, comforting, easy to read and easy to understand for just about... Read more
Published 1 month ago by nkgurl
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Get thru info fast and easily with this book. I needed to absorb info quickly to put together questions for a family member's doctor appointment and this did the job
Published 3 months ago by nursing88
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginner book on MS
Perfect book for newly diagnosed/almost diagnosed with MS. This is exactly the information I was looking for. It's a nice go-to book for quick answers.
Published 5 months ago by Becky Schaar
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to scan
Easy to read and scan through various sections. Does not require cover-to-cover reading. Very helpful in providing information to family as well.
Published 11 months ago by G. Kiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
The book explained many of my questions, and had resources that helped me a great deal. I would recommend this book to the person and family with MS.
Published 11 months ago by Ohnickie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good covering all of the basics
This book is great for the beginning getting to know about MS. It won't make you an expert, but at least allow you to have a conversation with a loved one and ask some good... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Larry
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