InforMS: Fall 2019

InforMS Fall 2019 coverFocusing On Fatigue

One of the most common and challenging symptoms of  multiple sclerosis hasn’t changed much over the years. In this issue we review the facts, and take a fresh look at strategies to help manage fatigue.

Focusing On Fatigue

Fatigue is not only one of the most common MS symptoms, it’s also one of the most frustrating for people to manage. In this issue, we’re presenting an update to a past article written by Patricia Daily, LCSW. There have been studies and other developments over the years, but much of what we know (and still don’t know) about fatigue simply hasn’t changed. We hope this information helps you better understand MS fatigue, learn about different tools that can help manage it, and helps friends and family understand the intensity and overwhelming nature of this troubling symptom.

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Managing Fatigue: Using Energy Conservation Strategies and Occupational Therapy Techniques to Help Manage MS-related Fatigue

An Interview with Christy Dittmar, MS, OTR/L, CDRS | As we’ve discussed throughout this issue, fatigue is an extremely common, complex, and challenging problem in MS. Frustratingly, there is no one silver-bullet solution to manage or reduce it, but there are several strategies that can help. Energy conservation strategies are one set of tools that some people can find helpful in managing their fatigue.

We recently sat down for a conversation with Christy Dittmar, an Occupational Therapist who has worked with people living with MS for more than 25 years, to learn more about occupational therapy, the “Four P” strategies for energy conservation, and ways to help manage fatigue at home and at work.

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Navigating the Family Medical Leave Act

By Thomas Stewart, M.S., J.D., PA-C | One of the problems faced by some people with multiple sclerosis who are working is the need for frequent absences. The increased need for absences among people with MS is due to numerous factors, including exacerbations (sometimes requiring weeks of absences), treatment (such as monthly infusions), the need for physical therapy (usually one or more visits per week), office visits (a few times per year) and simply the number of “bad days,” when symptoms are unusually severe. Such a high number of absences, according to most vocational experts, is a problem because missing just one day of work per month would not be tolerated by most employers.

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Rocky Mountain MS Center Gala 2019

On September 14th, more than 450 people came together to celebrate the Rocky Mountain MS Center. It was a special evening of sharing the stories of so many people impacted by multiple sclerosis, and the role that the Rocky Mountain MS Center has played in their lives.

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