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Peer support programs have become a common method of providing support for patients with chronic illness. Utilizing peers as resources has been proposed as an effective means for coping with a stressful life experience and for gaining support from others who share a common factor, although data are somewhat mixed on the efficacy of peer support. The aim of(More)
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)
Studies on communicating the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) are few, and all reveal communication and information deficits. We explored the personal experience of diagnosis communication of people with MS and health professionals, using a qualitative methodology. Data were obtained from two sets of focus group meetings (FGM) with people with MS (total(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)
BACKGROUND Patients report information deficits in the period surrounding diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). We assessed the effectiveness of an add-on information aid for newly diagnosed MS patients. METHODS We randomly assigned 120 newly diagnosed MS patients from five Italian centres to diagnosis disclosure (current practice at the centre) or(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the frequency of oedema of the lower limbs in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients utilizing a multidisciplinary approach. A total of 205 patients with definite MS were included in the study. Seventy-five were male and 130 female, with a mean age of 50.53, mean Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score of 5.27 and mean(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)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most studied neurological diseases, although scarce attention has been placed on symptomatic therapy. The aim of the study was to evaluate the frequency of medication prescription for the major symptoms related to MS in order to better understand the needs of patients. The study was conducted during an epidemiological(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)