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Physical manifestations of multiple sclerosis are one thing. But to feel that sharpness... that edge you once had... slowly slipping away, is quite another. When other symptoms of MS strike, many of us turn to intellectual and creative pursuits to fill the void. We tend to live inside our heads, so to speak. And now cognitive function takes a hit? It is a horrifying prospect. In my recent post, “Cognitive Function Fears: MS or Aging,” I wondered, almost casually, if MS or age was the reason my troubles with word recall and occasional bouts of absentmindedness. Judging by the intense discussion that followed, I stumbled on to a hot button issue among MS patients. Apparently, I'm not the only one who fears this worrisome symptom. My own difficulties are relatively minor and not out of the normal range for someone approaching 50, so I'm not overly concerned at this point. But cognitive function IS on the list of MS-related symptoms and IS of great concern to so many of us. Look...
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Exercise is an important component of any fibromyalgia treatment plan. According to a Brazilian study recently published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology , belly dancing can be a good exercise option for people with fibromyalgia.
Study Design and Result
A total of 80 female fibromyalgia patients between the ages of 18 to 65 took part in the study. Half (40) of the women were randomly assigned to a dance group while the other half remained on a waiting list. Those in the dance group participated in a one-hour class twice a week for 16 weeks.
Participants were evaluated for pain, function, quality of life, depression, anxiety and self image at baseline, 16 weeks and 32 weeks by an assessor who did not know whether or not they had participated in the dance classes.
Patients who took part in the belly dance classes showed significant improvement in pain, sleep pattern, functional capacity and self-image from baseline to 32 weeks. The researc...
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