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MS Support Group

Statement of Purpose

Support Group with Dr. Rodgers at Schuylkill Rehabilitation CenterThe purpose of this support group is to provide ongoing education and support to those persons suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and their significant others/support system. The meeting provides an opportunity to talk freely about problems, concerns, and frustrations, to share information and encouragement, and to provide education, helpful hints, and support. Through your participation in this group, you can learn more about Multiple Sclerosis and get ideas about what can be done to ease its effects on your life.

What Happens at Meetings

Meetings are open to the public and may include lectures given by various medical experts, review of current literature/ research, and general discussions among members. Educational sessions may include films, handouts, seminars, or discussions regarding problems of daily living. Generally the meetings last about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Everyone is encouraged to participate at his or her own comfort level.

Meetings are held on the last Friday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Please check the Calendar of Events on this website or call the Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center at (570) 621-9500.

What is MS?

Multiple Sclerosis is thought to be an autoimmune disorder that affects the central nervous system. The central nervous system (CNS) consists of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. The CNS nerve fibers are covered by a fatty tissue called myelin. In MS, myelin is lost leaving scar tissues called sclerosis. Myelin makes the nerve fibers’ job possible. When the nerve fibers are destroyed or damaged, the ability of the nerves to conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain is disrupted causing symptoms of MS.

Symptoms of MS

  • Abnormal Fatigue
  • Vision Problems
  • Loss of Balance and Muscle Coordination
  • Slurred Speech
  • Tremors
  • Stiffness
  • Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction
  • Cognitive Problems
  • Dizziness/Vertigo
  • Emotional Problems
  • Headache
  • Numbness
  • Seizures
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Swallowing Disorders

To print a brochure on this support group, please go to the Publications section of this website or click here.