Michele Messmer Uccelli

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)