Fighting Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis: Practical Ways to Create New Habits and Increase Your Energy

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400,000 people in the U.S. alone have multiple sclerosis. Of that, 86% cite fatigue as the number one symptom of their disease. Commonly people resort to substances such as caffeine, sugar and medications to combat fatigue with mixed results and uncertain health effects. Occupational therapists teach clients "Energy Conservation Techniques" to deal with their fatigue without resorting to drugs. These approaches have been shown, through research, to have positive impacts on ...
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Overview

400,000 people in the U.S. alone have multiple sclerosis. Of that, 86% cite fatigue as the number one symptom of their disease. Commonly people resort to substances such as caffeine, sugar and medications to combat fatigue with mixed results and uncertain health effects. Occupational therapists teach clients "Energy Conservation Techniques" to deal with their fatigue without resorting to drugs. These approaches have been shown, through research, to have positive impacts on individual's ability to deal with this debilitating symptom of MS.

The information in Fighting Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis: Practical Ways to Create New Habits and Increase Your Energy will help individuals with MS learn techniques to assist them in having more energy to do the activities they enjoy. Many people give up doing the "fun" activities in their lives in order to get through the "must dos." This book will give them the tools to manage their time and activities in order to do both.

Nancy Lowenstein's expertise on fatigue management, rehabilitation and environmental modifications make this the go-to book for dealing with fatigue and multiple sclerosis.

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Editorial Reviews

Rocky Mountain MS Center - Angela Dillback
"This book is for anyone experiencing MS-related fatigue who find themselves getting through the must-dos with no energy left for the fun, meaningful activities of life. The concepts contained within the book have been utilized for a number of years in combating MS-related fatigue, and are presented in a way that are easy to understand and immediately applicable to daily life."
MSCares.org - Cathy Chester
"Unlike most self-help books, this one offers readers a concrete, practical, and hands-on approach to energy conservation, fatigue management, and coping with the evermore pervasive symptom of fatigue. The workbook exercises are helpful in providing step-by-step assistance in identifying problems and brainstormingreal solutions in order to maintain a more satisfying quality of life despite the challenge that chronic fatigue presents. "-- Doody's Reviews

"I found this book refreshing and cognitively easy-to-follow. This author has found it quite useful in my everyday life. I am sure readers of Fighting Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis: Practical Ways to Create New Habits and Increase Your Energy will find it equally helpful and indispensable. I highly recommend this book for all people with Multiple Sclerosis in their battle with fatigue."--Cathy Chester, MSCares.org

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Reviewer: Jessica Chua Cheng, MS, OTR/L(Rush University Medical Center)
Description: The author uses a practical approach to educate those living with multiple sclerosis-related fatigue on how to apply principles of energy conservation to everyday life. The exercises and activities interspersed throughout the book are designed to offer more concrete guidance on how to go about implementing the prescribed energy conservation techniques.
Purpose: The author's primary objective is to empower those living with multiple sclerosis to manage the oftentimes debilitating symptom of fatigue. Given that fatigue plagues countless numbers of individuals battling multiple sclerosis, there is certainly a demand for resources that address methods for controlling this all too prevalent symptom. The author successfully provides readers with basic energy conservation principles, as well as guidance on how to implement them in everyday life.
Audience: The book is written primarily for people battling multiple sclerosis-related fatigue, but it is also a helpful resource for those whose loved ones struggle with this. Furthermore, occupational therapists, physical therapists and other health professionals who treat individuals with multiple sclerosis can use this as a foundational resource for educating their patients. The author, an occupational therapist, has years of experience educating patients, health professionals, and students about energy conservation and fatigue management.
Features: The author uses a series of interactive exercises and activities to identify problematic habits and routines, and guide readers on how to form new habits and routines that can prevent fatigue and improve quality of life. Much of the book discusses the steps needed to be more efficient and expend less energy, which largely involves exacting change in oneself, the activities in question, and the environment in which these activities take place. The workbook format successfully engages the reader in personalized, self-guided lessons on fatigue management that are easy to follow and easy to read, given the large font size, charts, tables, and photographs.
Assessment: Unlike most self-help books, this one offers readers a concrete, practical, and hands-on approach to energy conservation, fatigue management, and coping with the evermore pervasive symptom of fatigue. The workbook exercises are helpful in providing step-by-step assistance in identifying problems and brainstorming real solutions in order to maintain a more satisfying quality of life despite the challenge that chronic fatigue presents.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932603750
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/14/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Lowenstein, MS, OTR/L, BCPR is an occupational therapist with credentials in both the academic and clinical settings, Ms. Lowenstein has first-hand knowledge of the effects of MS and best practices in the management of the many changes this progressive disease may bring. She has been an active, contributing member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society since 2002. She is a clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and an Occupational Therapist for the Multiple Sclerosis Care Center at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA.
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Table of Contents

Busy lives, busy minds and busy bodies
Let's look at your daily routine
Let's rate and rank your daily activities;: It's all so important! What can I change?
Fitting it all in. Is that possible?
Do I have to go to the gym?
Do I have to go upstairs again?
The Power Nap
Ways to simplify
How to make the changes stick.
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