We borrowed this chapter from Pocket Neurology, a handbook written by medical residents for other medical residents as a means to share information in a concise manner. This handbook does not address the underlying disease mechanisms of MS, so we do not recommend that you begin with this chapter if you have just started to read these textbook chapters.
If this is the first time you have visited these textbook chapter resources, we suggest that begin instead with the chapter from Clinical Practice of Neurological & Neurosurgical Nursing. This is probably a better place to start your process of learning about MS.
If you have read the other chapters and would like to explore this one, you will find that this chapter concentrates primarily on evaluation, diagnosis, and management of patients. This chapter will help you to understand what your healthcare provider is looking for as they discuss your health with you. Reading this chapter will help to make your visits to your healthcare provider more productive.
What not to miss:
One of the most valuable sections of this chapter is “Management of Clinical Symptoms of MS.” This section lists the drug and physical therapies that can address the symptoms you may be facing.