Michele Messmer Uccelli

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Paroxysmal symptoms occur frequently in multiple sclerosis (MS). Usually they are treated with carbamazepine (CBZ) and phenytoin, although these medications are often interrupted due to adverse effects. We report 11 MS patients with trigeminal neuralgia (TN): 6 intolerant to a therapeutic dosage of CBZ, showing serious adverse effects and subsequently(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory, demyelinating, autoimmune disease of the CNS. There are currently a number of disease-modifying medications for MS that modulate or suppress the immune system; however, these medications do not directly relieve MS symptoms, which include visual deficits, gait problems, sensory deficits, weakness, tremor,(More)
Paid employment is valuable for society and for the individual. A diagnosis of a chronic illness such as multiple sclerosis (MS) can influence a person's employment status. Previous studies have reported that demographic and disease-related aspects can predict whether a person with MS will leave their job. The aim of the study was to assess the factors that(More)
We conducted an open-label trial of gabapentin (GBP) as therapy for paroxysmal symptoms (PS) in 21 MS patients, including trigeminal neuralgia (6 patients), painful tonic spasms (11), dysesthetic or paresthetic symptoms (3) and ocular ataxia (1). Complete resolution of symptoms or partial improvement was obtained, respectively, in 14 and 4 of 18 patients(More)
Pain is a common symptom in multiple sclerosis (MS) and has recently been estimated to be experienced by up to 75 % of patients. Pain can be present at any point in the course of the disease and patients may experience pain from various causes simultaneously. Pain in MS can also be secondary to other symptoms, such as spasticity, fatigue, and mood disorder.(More)
UNLABELLED The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of multiple sclerosis (MS), calculated as point prevalence on 31 December 1997, in the province of Genoa, North-western Italy. METHODS The province of Genoa is located in North-western Italy, an area of 1,835 km(2). On the point prevalence day the population consisted of 913,218(More)
Neuropathic pain and paroxysmal symptoms are common in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, although no double-blind clinical trial has been conducted to support antiepileptic medications (AED) use in MS. The aim of the study was to evaluate the frequency of AED utilisation and reported adverse events, in a cohort of MS patients. For a period of 3 years the(More)
Pain is a common symptom in multiple sclerosis (MS) and was recently estimated to be experienced by up to 75% of patients. Nociceptive and neuropathic pain in MS may be present concurrently and at different stages of the disease and may be associated with other symptoms. Evidence for treating pain in MS is limited. Many clinical features of pain are often(More)
BACKGROUND Studies have shown that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) report low levels of self-efficacy and self-esteem, high levels of anxiety and depression and reduced quality of life. The study aims to assess self-esteem, self-efficacy, mood and quality of life in young adults with MS and to compare them to a healthy control group. METHODS The age(More)