More MS news articles for April 2001

Survey shows 90% suffered pain

Register Staff Writer

Cheryl Stone's study indicates chronic pain is common among multiple sclerosis patients.

Ninety percent of participants in her survey indicated they had experienced pain from the disease.

The study, co-authored by Carolyn Heckman-Stone, has been accepted by the Journal of Pain, a bimonthly publication of the American Pain Society. It is scheduled to be published June 11.

Stone and Heckman-Stone distributed questionnaires to Iowa members of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Eighty-three people participated.

The survey asked people to rate their MS pain on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being no pain and 10 being the worst pain they could imagine. The average answer was 4.6.

Participants then were asked to list and rate techniques they use to control pain. Half of them rated medicines as the most effective method. Exercise and massage each received top ratings from 20 percent of participants. Other techniques included rest, social interaction and alternative therapies.