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"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." (Angela Dillback Rocky Mountain MS Center 20110129)

"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 (Cathy Chester MSCares.org 20100503)

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Demos Health; 1 edition (January 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932603751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932603750
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,267,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While ten people living with MS may not report the same exacerbations, treatments and impediments, most of them may be dealing with fatigue. While often taken for granted as an MS symptom, the implications of fatigue are powerful for the MS individual.

This book is like a diverse menu at a good restaurant, where you may sample and select what appeals to you. Digesting the material will take effort, but like the title suggests - it is a fight. Don't kid yourself - making real life changes, as outlined by the information and charts in the book, will never happen by itself. However, with a carefully advised choice of this book's strategies, a person can make meaningful changes to better cope with fatigue - now.

Perhaps, it is best to not attempt to absorb all of the tactics at once. Trying to follow an outline to re-structure your entire routine can be overwhelming and exhausting - making the point about fatigue hit home. This book should empower people with MS to create new habits and not merely be a witness to progressive impediments. The key to success of the offered strategies may be to have an informed discussion with an appropriate medical professional and construct a personal template to gain control over fatigue. Having a supportive person to reinforce the set changes may also be vital to making a true change in personal habits, maximizing the benefit of the book's tactics. With patience and well-targeted persistence, this can be done.

Lowenstein calls it out, acknowledging the burden of the MS fatigue that you have been enduring and gives you permission to do something about it for yourself - book in hand.
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Very helpful, inexpensive ideas for managing cognitive, emotional, and physical fatigue. Many suggestions require simple rearrangments in the home- where things are kept/how they are stored...
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i was sadly disappointed by this book. 200 pages, half of which were half-filled out tables. on the good side, the print was big and the spacing was generous, leading me to read this book in less than 2 hours. two tables described the incorrect material, which should have been caught by the author or at least a demos editor. two tables showed 3 levels in block but the actual table just showed three line bars without separated identification. diet is more important and requires greater detail. psychological practices and beliefs and interpersonal relations matter when we discuss fatigue and should have been brought out. it's hard for us to delegate things, and i'd love to see someone discuss how this ought to be accomplished. while i recognize that the author is an OTR, she ought to have included a chapter or two on medications and vitamins and alternative therapies, even if she would have had to include a neurologist, nutritionist, and alternative therapies practitioner as co-authors. if i were just starting out looking at fatigue in ms, i'd probably first go to the nmss web site which covers lots more information. most of the other available books, including kalb's dummies book, includes more information on fatigue than this book did, and i wasn't terribly impressed with it, either. this book, on the other hand, is balanced and seems objective and did not contain lots of grammatical errors. i liked the chapter on storage, especially, and i found it very useful. i really hate to give a book a low rating and review, but, in this case, the book was written in a less than comprehensive manner, was filled out with material that was unnecessary, and was a perfect waste of my $13 or so. i'd give it a D, the first D that i've ever given. sorry.

ummm, since i wrote this review, i consulted with my physician who prescribed medication that very effectively manages fatigue, for which i'm immensely grateful.
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This book was disappointing. It is a book about how to become dependent and delegate, rather than a book on how to fight fatigue by utilizing nutrition and exercise.
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