More MS news articles for Apr 2002

Management of spasticity, pain, and paroxysmal phenomena in multiple sclerosis

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11898533&dopt=Abstract

Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep 2001 May;1(3):299-302
Schapiro RT.
Department of Neurology, Fairview Multiple Sclerosis Center and University of Minnesota, 701 25th Ave. South, #200, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease with tremendous variability and innumerable symptoms.

Among the more common symptoms is spasticity.

Despite a lack of full knowledge of the physiology causing this phenomenon, successful treatments have been developed.

Many of these have had a recent introduction.

Pain and paroxysmal phenomena are surprisingly common in MS, but have not had the recognition their frequency deserves.

It is not unusual to hear that they are rare in MS, but surprisingly they are all too common.

Their management is changing as newer treatments are developed.