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By RMS Consultations
October 20, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Multiple Sclerosis  

Have you been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)? At RMS Consultations, Dr. Antoine Geffrard and his compassionate staff understand this chronic and potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system. We'll help you manage your symptoms and optimize your function and your mood. Learn more here so you can thrive.

What is MS?

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic disease of the immune system and the central nervous system. Impacting adults in the prime of their lives (between ages 20 and 50), MS degrades the myelin, or fatty covering, which surrounds nerve cells. Accordingly, MS disrupts how well the brain communicates with the rest of the body. Both genetics and environmental factors seem to precipitate Multiple Sclerosis.

What are the symptoms?

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society says that MS is as individual as the people who have it. Some individuals have just a few signs while others are very sick and disabled. Also, symptoms fluctuate in intensity over time.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pronounced fatigue
  • Gait and balance issues
  • Vertigo
  • Emotional lability
  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Vision changes
  • Speech and swallowing difficulties
  • Poor posture and immobility
  • Muscle stiffness and spasms (typically action tremors which begins as a person moves, explains Momentum magazine)

How RMS Consultations can help you manage your symptoms

If you have MS, you would benefit greatly from a discussion with Dr. Geffrard and his caring team at RMS Consultations. This physician has wide-ranging expertise in both acute and chronic rehabilitation services.

Your care plan will have features in common with those of other MS patients. Others will be particular to your needs and preferences. Features may include:

  • Getting enough sleep (including power naps during the day)
  • Reducing stress
  • A nutritious diet (including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to reduce inflammation)
  • Exercising 30 minutes twice weekly to improve mobility, muscle tone, and mood
  • Taking Vitamin D supplements and eating foods, such as eggs, which are rich in this important vitamin
  • Reducing stress by managing your daily workflow (reducing stress decreases depression and anxiety)
  • Stopping all tobacco usage
  • Taking prescribed medications
  • Engaging in physical and occupational therapies as Dr. Geffrard advises

Contact us

At RMS Consultations, Dr. Antoine Geffrard helps MS patients live their best lives every day. Yes, Multiple Sclerosis can be managed successfully. Call us for more information: (248) 663-5353.

By RMS Consultations
October 11, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Nutrition  

You likely grew up learning about the five food groups, but healthy eating isn't always as simple as following a pyramid. Depending on your age, size, gender, activity level, and presence of health conditions, your nutritional needs will vary.

Because eating does not follow a one-size-fits-all approach, it can be tricky to determine what foods and what quantity you need to properly fuel your body, fulfill your hunger and thrive. Dr. Antoine Geffrard of RMS Consultations in Southfield, MI, can help you create a nutritional plan that works for you.

What are the elements of a nutritious diet?

To ensure your body is taking in the essential nutrients and vitamins it needs to function, you should consume food from a variety of categories. Fruits and vegetables are a core food group, as they are rich in nutrients, vitamins, and fiber. Choosing produce of a wide variety of colors can help make sure you are getting a full range of nutritional benefits. If you are diabetic, you may need to limit your intake of fruits with high natural sugar content, such as grapes or pineapple.

While carbohydrates are seen as the enemy for some diets, starches are important for giving you energy. High fiber choices such as whole grains, sweet potatoes, beans, and lentils are good choices for maintaining a stable blood sugar level and maintaining a healthy weight. Sugary or processed foods are high in carbohydrates but low in nutritional benefits and should be limited, especially if you are overweight.

Proteins are essential for muscle development, and often offer the benefit of keeping you satiated. While meat and fish are high in protein, vegan and vegetarian protein sources are plentiful. Eggs, soy, beans, and legumes are lean protein sources, as are some grains like quinoa. Dairy offers protein as well as calcium.

Fats should not be avoided even if you are trying to lose weight. At RMS Consultations in Southfield, MI, we can help you distinguish between healthy and unhealthy fats. Nuts, seeds, some oils, and even produce like avocado include unsaturated fats which help with your body function and help keep hunger pains at bay. Trans and saturated fats, often found in foods like snack cakes or pastries, should be avoided.

How often should I eat?

Youth, individuals who have blood sugar issues, and those who are highly active will require more frequent meals and snacks. For most, three meals and a snack are sufficient, with caloric intake spaced evenly between the meals and a couple hundred calories reserved for a snack. Intermittent fasting is a recent trend but should not be attempted without consulting with your physician.

Let Dr. Geffrard of RMS Consultations in Southfield, MI, guide you on the path of lifelong good nutrition. Schedule a visit by calling 248-663-5353.

By RMS Consultations
October 08, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: lifestyle   Health   Wellbeing  

COVID-19 has unmasked many diseases patients were unaware they already had. The relevance of lifestyle on health and wellbeing is widely accepted though patients hesitate to adopt changes. The internet is full of information, whether on diseases, treatments, or the factors that influence those diseases. Do not blindly follow crash diets or cardio exercises unless our doctor approves of it for the simple reason that it could backfire on you. Dr. Antoine Geffrard from RMS Consultation in Southfield, MI, suggests seeking your doctor's advice on changes in diet, exercise, or any other lifestyle factor that affects your general wellbeing. He will prepare a chart with approved modifications taking into consideration various factors.

RMS Consultation in Southfield, MI

Physicians around the world counsel their patients on how to improve chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease through lifestyle changes. Diet rich in fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats can do wonders whereas foods loaded with sugars and unhealthy fats can worsen diseases.

Many have benefited by following a low-carb diet and intermittent fasting. Brisk walking, jogging, or swimming are great exercises you can do after discussing with your doctor. Do not cut your sleep time below 7-8 hours and minimize blue light usage especially at bedtime.

Learn to manage stress by connecting with nature, doing breathing exercises, and meditation. Staying positive not only improves your physical health but also your mental wellbeing. Limit the use of alcohol and quit smoking for the obvious reason that it damages your body and reduces immunity. Our doctors at RMS consultation in Southfield, MI, help you choose the lifestyle changes that will suit you after analyzing your medical history and treatments that you have undergone.

It is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle that will elevate your physical and mental wellbeing. To know more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Antoine Geffrard from RMS Consultation in Southfield, MI, by calling (248) 663-5353 today.

By RMS Consultations
September 10, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Illness   Hospitalization  

Older adults are often most at risk for physical and mental decline due to chronic illnesses and long hospital stays.

When we are dealing with a serious illness, the first place we turn to is hospitals. A hospital is a symbol of healing and health; however, sometimes staying at a hospital can actually lead to a decline in a person’s health and functionality. Here at RMS Consultation, we understand all too well how a long-term illness or hospitalization can lead to a functional decline, especially in the elderly. Our Southfield, MI, doctor Dr. Antoine Geffrard works one-on-one with his patients to map out a strategy of continuous care post-hospitalization or illness to make sure that they get back on track, health-wise.

Types of Functional Decline

As we get older we may face functional decline as a result of age. Some of the most common types include:

  • Bone weakening or fracturing due to conditions such as osteoporosis
  • Balance issues
  • Memory loss
  • Hearing loss and other issues
  • Vision problems (e.g. cataracts; glaucoma)

Unfortunately, other chronic conditions or being hospitalized can make these issues worse.

How Hospitalization Impacts Functional Decline

Any type of extended stay in a hospital can impact a person’s health and functionality, especially seniors. This is due to several factors:

  • Immobilization is one of the top reasons. Most patients are sedentary, which can make balance issues even worse. While bed rest may help a patient heal, it can also cause a loss of strength and muscle mass.
  • With the drop in blood pressure, due to lying in bed, patients may also experience dizziness upon standing, which can also increase their risk for falls.
  • Sleep problems or disturbances are also common, as patients are often woken up by hospital noises and nighttime monitoring and checkups.
  • Not getting the proper nutrition or the number of calories they need to feel and function at their best.

How We Can Help

We understand the toll that a long-term illness or hospitalization can take on a patient, particularly the elderly. There are steps that our Southfield, MI, doctor can take to make sure that you are getting the proper care, medication, and treatment you deserve to help you get back on your feet. Here at RMS Consultations, we can:

  • Discuss and fully understand a patient’s health concerns and current healthcare needs
  • Assess a patient’s ability to function and perform everyday activities
  • Evaluate balance and coordination issues
  • Recommend assistive devices such as physical therapy, canes, or walkers to reduce fall risk
  • Provide dietary advice to improve caloric intake and to ensure that patients are getting the appropriate nutrition at home to improve their health and strength
  • Monitor a patient’s current medications and discuss other medication options if these prescriptions aren’t providing the patient with adequate symptom control
  • Work with a patient’s entire medical team, from physical therapists and primary care doctors to specialists, to ensure that they are getting the most comprehensive care possible

If you or a loved one is dealing with challenges following a long illness or hospitalization, know that you aren’t alone. Here at RMS Consultations, Dr. Geffrard and his team here at their Southfield, MI, practice can offer you the treatment and care you need. To schedule an evaluation call (248) 663-5353 today.

By RMS Consultations
August 19, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: lifestyle   Health   Diet   Exercise   Stress Management  

If you are like most people, you want to live a healthy, happy lifestyle so that you can do all the things that you want and need to do each day. While some things affect our health that we cannot change, like our genetic makeup or family history, there are many health-related factors that we can control! These are called modifiable risk factors, and they can contribute to our health in a variety of ways. For help in making changes to your lifestyle to improve your health, consider a consultation with Dr. Antoine Geffrard of RMS Consultations in Southfield, MI.

Diet & Exercise

What we eat and how often we move can have great positive effects on our overall health. While there is no "one size fits all" approach to diet and exercise, there are some general guidelines you should follow to keep yourself healthy and happy. For example, you should aim to be physically active each day, whether that means going for a walk around the block, increasing time spent on daily stretching routines, or doing some chores around the house. Every body is different, which means the level of physical activity you need to stay healthy may be different from others. Similarly, depending on your health needs and any pre-existing conditions, you may need to eat different foods, such as foods low in sugar or salt, while others may need more fiber or unsaturated fats. Talk to your doctor today about how to make specific changes to your diet and exercise to improve your health.

Stress Management

What many people may not realize is that high levels of daily stress can have negative effects on our health, including putting our bodies at an increased risk for stroke and other adverse conditions. Therefore, it is important to keep our cortisol levels at bay through daily stress management. Strategies for this may include increasing daily physical activity, sleeping more, scheduling free time to relax or engage with hobbies, being more socially active, and having boundaries between our work life and personal life.

One Step At A Time

You do not need to tackle all of your modifiable risk factors at once to take small steps to improve your health today. Making sure that these lifestyle changes are long-lasting and specific to your needs and health goals is of utmost importance. So talk to Dr. Geffrard of RMS Consultations in Southfield, MI, at (248) 663-5353 and get started making changes to your lifestyle to improve your health today.

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