Health Watch -- The Nervous System: Managing MS

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We’re talking about the nervous system this week on Health Watch. Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic, disabling disease of the nervous system. It causes symptoms ranging from fatigue to paralysis and vision loss. While MS can affect a person’s daily life, including work, Dr. Olaf Stuve, a neurologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says some simple accommodations may help make MS manageable.

An ergonomically designed workspace may make work easier for MS patients. Patients may also be able to determine when fatigue is most likely to strike and work with their employers to arrange their schedules accordingly. Educating co-workers about the disease may help avoid frustration on both sides.

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February 2006

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