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By Nancy J. Holland, T. Jock Murray, Stephen C. Reingold

Written in particular for these newly clinically determined with a number of sclerosis, in addition to friends and family, this crucial reference significant other serves as a studying consultant to the affliction. The e-book discusses the character of a number of sclerosis, its effect on lifestyle, guidance for facing all elements of the disorder, and new advances in scientific administration that guarantee that MS sufferers to reside complete and effective lives. Rounding out this necessary source are a thesaurus, record of extra assets, and proposals for additional interpreting.

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It is common for individuals with relapsing-remitting MS to have one or more episodes of optic neuritis, although many people never experience this problem. 46 M S : A G U I D E F O R T H E N E W LY D I AG N O S E D Another visual complaint people with MS may experience is a vague feeling that their vision is not as clear as it should be, even if a recent eye examination indicates vision to be normal. The problem may be with certain contrasts in the visual fields, or with color, which causes a mild change that usually is not detected on standard eye tests.

IMMUNOMODULATORS Interferons Beta Interferons are naturally occurring proteins that are produced when the body reacts to a foreign substance or agent such as a virus. They belong to a class of molecules called cytokines, the hormones of the immune system. These cytokines are important regulators of the immune response to viruses and inflammatory conditions. Interferon beta seems to “calm” the immune system, and is referred to as an immunomodulatory agent. Interferon beta-1b BETASERON® Betaseron®, a preparation of interferon beta-1b (8 million units, or 250 micrograms [mcg]), was the first medication to be approved for treatment of the MS disease process.

High-dose IV steroids is the standard treatment when one eye or occasionally both eyes are affected. Symptoms include blurred vision, loss of peripheral or “side” vision, and one or more black or “blind” spots. Total loss of vision in one eye may occur in some instances, but this will usually improve with time. Optic neuritis sometimes also causes pain in the eye, which clears quickly when steroid treatment is begun. Vision returns more slowly. It is common for individuals with relapsing-remitting MS to have one or more episodes of optic neuritis, although many people never experience this problem.

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