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

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

by Nancy Lowenstein


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932603750
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/14/2009
Pages: 172
Sales rank: 877,469
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

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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Fighting Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis: Practical Ways to Create New Habits and Increase Your Energy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
lewward on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It was ironic to get this book as I have a friend who had recently been diagnosed the multiple sclerosis. This book was a great step-by-step guide of things to do to help fight fatigue and other problems associated with MS. Each chapter has sample worksheets and practical tips for the MS patient and family members. Simple steps like keeping the temperature of your house at a level that is good for the MS sufferer without freezing out or sweating out other people living in the house. If you or a loved one is suffering from MS, check out this book!
tpfleg on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I have a dear friend who was recently diagnosed with MS. This book has given me much-needed information, so I can better understand what she is going through, and also help her in her struggle.
ladycato on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I received this book through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. I do not have MS, but I wanted to know more about the disorder and I have an acquaintance with MS can pass the book along to. I do, however, suffer from fatigue.I approached this book with complete ignorance. I knew MS was a Bad Thing that caused pain and fatigue, but not why or the extent of the problems. This book doesn't go into that in detail, which is good - the basic audience is for sufferers of Multiple Sclerosis, and there's no point in preaching to the choir. Even though I can't fully appreciate the book, it does strike me as a practical and realistic approach to coping with fatigue. There's no magic cure. Their approach is straightforward and completely personal: look at your day. When do you have the most energy? When do you feel the worst? What activities are the most taxing? What do you really miss doing? The book is filled with simple charts that can be copied (or replicated in Excel) to help a person focus and figure out patterns and solutions on their own.The language is basic, but never patronizing. The voice in the book is that of a therapist or a friend, suggesting alternatives, but never griping or saying you must do something this way. The chapters are short with large font so that someone suffering from fatigue or eye strain can read without difficulty.Everything about Fighting Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis is about rethinking your day so that you feel better, physically and mentally. They don't suggest radical changes, but gradual steps. Do a ten minute walk several times a week to create an exercise routine. Ask for help with grocery shopping or use a motor scooter. Use a laundry bag to throw laundry from the second floor down to the first so you don't need to carry a basket of burden. Slowly modify your behavior, use the included charts to set goals, and bit by bit, you'll get there.
Ice9Dragon on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Workbook style analyzes everyday activities and aspects of the environment to lessen stress and fatigue, and improve strength. Suggestions for tools and aids that facilitate the demanding tasks of everyday life. Fairly simple and straight forward approach, to systematically consider possible improvements and better self care to enhance quality of life. Usefull exercises.
maureen61 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This helpful book is designed to assist people with multiple sclerosis or other debilitating diseases. It is written in a simple, relevant style with many charts and tables that will assist the reader in evaluating his/her lifestyle and risk factors for increased fatigue. Several realistic suggestons are given in adapting lifestyles to accomodate the effects of the illness, yet offer ways of continuing to have a positive quality of life.The author demonstrates a clear understanding of the challenges facing folks with MS and presents realistic alternatives to address the issues of fatigue. I would recommend it to patiens and families, alike.
readermom on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I confess, I do not have MS, I got this for a close relative. But I do have fatigue issues for other reasons and thought it would be a good guide anyway.I was impressed by the pratical nature of the book. So many self-help or medical books just give advice and leave the mental and practical applications to be worked out by the reader. But the reader needs help, that is why he/she got the book in the first place.This book breaks down the things that need to be done into small and manageable items. There are multiple charts that help a reader, even one who is suffering from debilitating fatigue, to make changes.The author also acknowledges that changing routines is fatiguing in and of itself, so offers advice in how to change a bit at a time. There is also some mental help, helping the reader to give themselves permission to slow down. Making changes and taking naps is not giving in to the disease and does not mean you are weaker or less of a person.She also writes about the notion that what we accomplish is a defining part of our identity. If we are defined by what we get done in a given day, who are we if we have to decrease those accomplishments?All in all I felt this was a helpful guide, and would have given it 5 stars if it had been more applicable to me. Perhaps someone with MS could give it 5 stars.
seasaw432 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
At the time that I received this book a close friend was diagnosed with MS. I found that this book to be very useful in organizing my day. As a busy Mom with 2 young children it help with evaluating what my priorities for the day week and month and making the decision on what can wait or be done by someone else. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an extremly busy schedule and looking for ways to lighten their load. I have since passed this book along to my friend.
nolly on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I've read about half this book so far. It seems more targeted at people with families, particularly women, that at single people like myself. Nonetheless, it has some potentially useful tools and information, and I hope to find more of the same in the second half. It's very readable and engaging.
madhousemirror on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don't have MS, but I know a few friends who do. It doesn't provide excessive details about the disease, which is good since it's intended for those who suffer or are caregivers of persons who suffer. It is typed in a larger font for those whose vision has been affected and is concise. The charts included are of great benefit for those, unlike myself, who have never taken a class or experienced the need to learn how to more strictly regulate and plan your days. I found a lot of correlations with this book and one I read last year about becoming a successful person. It is inspiring to see so much help compiled into one book. I only have one criticism, which is that the editor slipped up and left some pages or sentences incomplete, including some of the example charts. I would run into a missing end of a sentence in a chart or the sentence would break and not continue on the next page. Considering my only concern is editing, I believe that with a revised edition of the text, it should only be described as one of the most efficient books for MS sufferers today. I am donating my copy to my local library so that it might help as many people as possible.
Helcura on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I was really excited about getting this book, because fatigue is a major issue for me. The day it came in the mail, I was exhausted. I was so tired, I didn't know if I wanted to throw up, pass out or just cry. So, I tucked myself into bed and read this book.The best part of this book is chapter 8, which has a chart with very specific suggestions for ways to manage particular tasks. I wish the whole book had been like this, but it isn't. It reads like a textbook, and mostly consists of vague advice, like 'figure out what tasks increase your fatigue.' There are a lot of nifty little charts that you can fill in, but all the work is left up to the reader, who is probably too tired to do it!The evaluations do look helpful, and are almost certainly going to be worth doing, but if you're looking for practical advice or insight from people who share your experiences, you won't find it here. There is so little literature on managing MS, that I have to recommend this book as an addition to the library of someone with MS. It has some good advice, and it does clearly set out a process to evaluate the components of life that are increasing fatigue and identifying some ways to adjust them. If you're able to put in the work, it's likely to provide a place to start the process of finding ways to manage fatigue.