Supporting Multiple Sclerosis Patients

1/4/2014

The clinic for multiple sclerosis, run by Dr. Radi Shahien, treats dozens of patients from the northern region, has taken the initiative to start a support group for these patients and their families, at no cost.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the nervous system, which affects the nerve cells in the immune system. Damage can occur in the brain, spinal cord or in various organs in the body. The wide range of symptoms include blurred vision, difficulty in walking, dizziness and muscle atrophy. A large number of patients live with the disease for many years, but in more serious cases, it causes damage to patient's movement and even disability.

The Clinic for MS at the Ziv Medical Center, under the direction by Dr. Radi Shahien, treats dozens of patients from the North who usually come to the clinic every three months and on occasion require hospitalization in the Neurology Unit for further treatment. The multidisciplinary team in the unit takes a holistic approach, recognizing that in order to help patients to deal successfully with the challenges and difficulties of the disease, it is very important to educate them to lead an active lifestyle and to make use of the formal and informal organizations available in their milieu.

To this end, the MS Clinic took the initiative to start support group sessions, at no cost, intended for the patients and their families. Support groups and training are an essential means to form a meaningful relationship between patients suffering from the disease, which contributes to the success of the treatment, medically as well as personally and emotionally.
The support group is held once a month at 17:00 in the lecture hall at the Ziv Medical Center, led by the head nurse of the unit, Malka Mansour and the social worker Yasmin Kanchiyork. Each meeting will be devoted to a subject relevant to coping with the disease, with a lecture by an expert in the field followed by an open discussion with the audience.

The first meeting was held on March 5th, with introduction followed by a lecture on updates and innovations in the treatment of MS given by Dr. Radi Shahien, Director of the Neurology Unit. Additional meetings are planned which will deal with topics such as utilizing patients' rights from Social Security, active lifestyles and exercise, couples and families coping with chronic illness.
The group support sessions are open to patients with Ms and their families.
 For further information, please call the office of social workers 04-6828126 or Neurology Department 04-6828927.