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Coping With Invisible MS Symptoms

By: Allison Shadday, LCSW, Can Do MS Programs Consultant

How do you cope with something that you can’t see? For many of us, dealing with the invisible symptoms of MS can be extremely challenging. Issues with fatigue, depression, cognition, intimacy and self-esteem often go undiagnosed, under treated and misunderstood.

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Exercise and Using Adaptive Equipment

By: Juliann Hanson-Zlatev, OTR and Kathy San Martino, PT, NCS, ATP/SMS, CLT-LANA, MSCS

Exercise…For some that word conjures up negative feelings like a tedious task, a bad movie your spouse makes you watch, or homework. For others, exercise represents “me time”, feeling of wellness and accomplishment, taking care of yourself. For those who look at exercise as a negative, let’s capitalize on that last description – “taking care of your self”.

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Cooling Techniques & Devices

By: Beth Bullard, OTR, Can Do MS Programs Consultant

Around 60-80% of individuals living with M.S. experience heat intolerance, particularly during the warmer summer months. Simply explained, when the body’s temperature elevates nerve conduction is slowed or blocked causing a temporary worsening of symptoms. The effects are as unique as we are with each individual having their own threshold and response to heat and humidity. It is important to note, heat does not cause an exacerbation of the disease process. The effects are temporary with symptoms returning to their normal level as the body cools.

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Traveling With MS

By: Can Do MS Programs Consultants: Linda Walls, OTR and Mandy Rohrig, PT, DPT

Don’t let your mobility challenges be the obstacle between you and a relaxing vacation. There are many available options to make travel easier and more enjoyable. Bon voyage!

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Cognitive Changes: Recognizing and Meeting the Challenges

By: Deborah Miller, PhD, LISW Janet DeClark, MA, CCC-SLP

It is fortunate that the MS community is increasingly open about the fact that this disease includes cognitive symptoms as well and physical and emotional ones. This opens the door for persons living with MS and their health care providers to assess if cognitive symptoms exist and how best to manage them. Based on a number of studies, it is estimated that 50% or more of people with MS will experience cognitive symptoms due to the disease.

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In the Kitchen with MS

By: Denise Nowack, RD & Ann Mullinix, OTR/L

Having the desire and motivation to eat well is one thing, but the process of actually carrying it out, from purchasing the food to placing a meal on the table, is another. Obstacles are real, such as limited time and energy, or challenges from cognitive and physical changes. Here are four simple strategies that can help you have more success in the kitchen, eat well, and feel better, with more energy and confidence.

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Yoga and Multiple Sclerosis

By: Victoria Szwajcer, BScPT, Registered Yoga Teacher

Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline which originates in ancient India. It is a unique kind of exercise because it requires cognitive attention to the breath and the body simultaneously. There are many varieties of yoga that can be practiced and are readily available by attending classes out in the community, working one on one with a yoga instructor/yoga therapist or trying a home based practice.

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Talking to Your Employer About MS

By: Barbara McKeon, MA, CRC, LMHC & Steven Nissen, MS, CRC

Disclosing one’s Multiple Sclerosis to your employer is one of the most difficult decisions people with MS face. You need to consider carefully before making the decision to do so, as it has legal and job related implications that can be ongoing. When disclosing to an employer, there are many issues to consider. There may be good reasons to disclose and benefits from doing so. However, once information is given, it can never be taken back, so it’s important to make certain that telling does benefit you.

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Managing Your Depression & Moods

By: Rosalind Kalb, Ph.D and Alexander Ng, Ph.D, FACSM

The holiday season can be a time of joy and celebration with family and friends. Yet it is also the season when you cannot escape media coverage of the holiday blues or holiday stress. These changes in psychological health can all be compounded by multiple sclerosis, of which depression, altered mood, and fatigue are major symptoms.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Motivation to Exercise

By: Can Do MS Programs Consultants:David Engstrom, PhD, ABPP & Sue Kushner, MS, PT

It is now known, thanks to years of collaboration among clinicians and researchers, that exercise is helpful in managing many multiple sclerosis symptoms. It can still be difficult to find the motivation to exercise; even knowing that exercise is beneficial in controlling the symptoms of MS. Part of the problem is that we tend to set lofty goals and end up not following through or even starting! This is one of the reasons that most of us beyond the age of 35 or so stop making New Year’s resolutions. It is very easy to set a goal and then never even start.

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