MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).

In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body.

Multiple sclerosis causes many different symptoms, including vision loss, pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination. The symptoms, severity, and duration can vary from person to person. Some people may be symptom free most of their lives, while others can have severe chronic symptoms that never go away. Currently there is no cure for MS.

Through the Edward M. Dowd Foundation, the National MS Society is able to provide Care Management for their clients.

Caregiver Champion is proud to participate in this program. We have a contract to provide care management services. We have provided these services throughout Western Pa. Erie, and Harrisburg.

Our services are free to the MS client. They request these services through the National MS Care Navigator - 1 800 Fight MS.

An example of our services: We have a client that was in a Personal Care Home. The staff were unable to meet her needs, and she was declining rapidly. Caregiver Champion was able to get her discharged, and we arranged for her to go to an acute in-patient rehab program. After she completed this program, she was able to return home. She still required in-home assistance, but we were able to arrange that for her as well.

Online Resources for MS

In a world where information is at our fingertips, we want to note that WebMD is not a vetted or approved source of information. If the website, www.nationalmssociety.org doesn’t provide the resources you are looking for, we encourage you and our clients to access MedlinePlus which is a trusted, well-vetted online health information resources geared for patients, families, and friends. MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their website is https://medlineplus.gov/.

The Professional Resource Center (HealthProf_Info@nmss.org) is also happy to be a resource when our website doesn’t cover something you may need.