FUMS: Giving Multiple Sclerosis The Finger
About This Show
A podcast providing information, inspiration and motivation for living your best life with Multiple Sclerosis. Join us for interviews with doctors, research scientists, patients, legislators, insurers, neuropsychologists, authors, caregivers, and a long list of others in our pursuit of answers. Learn to speak to this disease as it deserves – tell it “FUMS” everyday!
Most Recent Episode
FUMS 013 - Cog Fog in MS
2 days ago
In today's episode, I'm talking to Dr. Victoria Leavitt, a clinical neuropsychologist and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. She's brilliant and has great insight into how to deal with the dreaded "cog fog" - from nutrition to exercise to helpful apps. She makes this very medically dense subject understandable and approachable. We talk about how mood, and things like anxiety, depression and personality can affect cog fog - and how to deal with those things. Rest is very important and can play a HUGE part in cog fog - but MS'ers are notoriously poor sleepers. She talks about that too. She explains just what a neuropsychologist is, what a neuropsych test is and what it can be used for and who should be tested and when. Have YOU been tested? I have - and I share my experience as well. So many info bombs in one place - but my biggest takeaway: social support is SO important. It's natural to pull away out of embarrassment or overwhelm - but we have to fight that impulse. The World Health Organization has designated loneliness as a risk factor for poor health. Another reason to come and hang out with other fellow FUMS'ers on the FUMS Facebook Page and on Twitter at FUMS. Resources mentioned in the interview (clickable links): Columbia Doctors Listing App for Insomnia - Shut I MCT Oil - what helps me most in my fight against Cog Fog Have an idea for a topic or someone for me to interview? Perhaps YOU?? Send me an email at Kathy@FUMSnow.com. And remember to speak to this stupid disease as it deserves: tell it FUMS every day!!