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    A Guide to Multiple Sclerosis for the Newly Diagnosed

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Multiple sclerosis is a condition that can cause sufferers to question their future wellbeing. Though it’s a disease that requires ongoing professional neurological treatment, multiple sclerosis is not a condition that must limit your quality of life. The following guidelines can help you understand your next steps as you adjust to life with multiple sclerosis.

    Confide in Trusted Friends and Family
    Some individuals with multiple sclerosis may find it difficult to discuss their diagnosis with loved ones. However, telling those you trust about your condition can alleviate the anxiety you feel about it. Loved ones can help you as you learn to manage your multiple sclerosis. Friends and family can provide the emotional support you need when you experience particularly challenging symptom flare-ups. During these times, you can also call upon loved ones to help you with physical tasks that may prove too difficult to complete on your own.

    Establish a Management Strategy with Your Physician
    Your neurologist is a central figure in your multiple sclerosis care. Being able to talk openly with him about every aspect of your condition is imperative to your quality of life. Your neurologist can recommend treatment measures best suited to your stage of the disease. He can also advise you on lifestyle habits, including dietary and exercise behaviors, to reduce symptoms and ward off the development of new ones.

    Take Care of Your Physical and Emotional Needs
    As with any other medical condition, multiple sclerosis can present developments that make some days easier to manage than others. Be sure to address your changing moods and feelings. Having ways to alleviate frustration is as important to your health as taking your doctor-prescribed medications. Making your physical health a priority is also important to your overall wellness. Keeping up with your workout regimen and nutritional needs is key to a long and robust future.

    You don’t have to handle multiple sclerosis on your own. Let Illinois Neurological Institute help you determine the best course of action for your condition. To learn more about the management methods that our facility offers to patients, call (309) 740-3766 or visit our website.

    Physician Feature: Erhan Ergene, MD

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Dr. Ergene is the head of our Level 4 Epilepsy Center and wants all his patients to live a seizure free life. Learn more by watching his video!

    Understanding the Importance of Sleep Hygiene

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Sleep is as important to your health as your diet and exercise habits. Knowing what helps or hinders sleep can ensure that you get a good night’s rest.

    This video describes the circumstances that can aid sleep hygiene. A major factor that influences your quality of sleep is your circadian rhythm. Making a commitment to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day can help you receive sound sleep. What you eat and drink can also impact your rest. To fall asleep easily, refrain from consuming caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol products. Lastly, take the proper measures to keep noise and other distractions to a minimum when you go to bed.

    Are you finding it difficult to fall asleep at night? Call Illinois Neurological Institute at (309) 740-3766 for an appointment at our Peoria sleep center.

    "I am confident I am in the right hands to find a resolution to my issues."

    Last updated 9 months ago

    I am so pleased with my first appointment with Dr. Zallek. She appeared very sincere and concerned with my sleep problems and any related complications. She did not rush me through with a couple of questions and brush me off. I was able to relate to what she was explaining, and I did not feel that she was telling me only part of the situation. ... More
    Sue

    "I feel so rested I actually feel like I have slept for a change."

    Last updated 9 months ago

    I am very happy with the results I am having thus far. I feel so rested I actually feel like I have slept for a change. More
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