Thanks for the link, WW. I'm a major proponent of exercise and I love it when research shows its benefits for MS patients. I just forwarded the link to a group where I work that received approval for a similar (but MUCH smaller and less professional) study planned around here, to evaluate the therapeutic needs of the local MS patients (I work full-time at a university).
I've been waiting to get the 'call' for an initial evaluation to see if I can fit into their study. My initial take on their basic premise, however, seemed a bit like how the area's therapy community can help the stereotypically poor, pitiful, MS patients and teach them a tiny exercise or two to improve their enormous fatigue and therefore their Quality of Life.
It seems that an awful lot of the study will be to offer "lessons" to all of us helpless, sheltered, clueless, brain-scrambled people to teach us what
exercise is, what
fatigue is, convincing us that exercise is actually good for sick people... It seems like such an elementary, uninformed approach.
Maybe I can help show them
the enormous diversity in MS patients. Or maybe I'll end up being excused - not for exercising too much already, but just for my smartass attitude.
After years of exercise, I'm not sure I could ramp it down enough to fit the study criteria.
It's not that I don't have physical problems (I use a cane & stuff), but I've already experimented with every kind of exercise, PT, and OT and incorporated as much of it as possible into my MS life. I'd love to be in a study, but I'd have to refuse to be in the non-exercise arm of it for fear my entire body/brain/mood/fatigue would deteriorate to nothing.
I'm glad you've had such great results from your own routines WW, and thanks for posting about it.