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This is my second visit at the rehab. The first one in 2013 really made a big difference, and so did the second one 2014.
2014-02-18 - Dennis Johansson

Evaluation of AMEDS Rehabilitation Program at Columna Medical in Lask

This is my second visit at the rehab. The first one in 2013 really made a big difference, and so did the second one 2014.

MS is a difficult disease to live with. Symptoms are not only multiple, they are also different during the day. There are many column inches written about how MS may occur in the individual patient. I will stress the importance of individual programs for every patient. You will not find a standard solution for rehab that will suit the lot.

 

Cognition and Fatigue

One of the symptoms that many with MS are suffering from are cognitive impairment. It can be one of the symptoms that is the most debilitating for the individual. Firstly, it is difficult to define in the diagnosis, and secondly, it is difficult to treat. The cognitive downturn is possible to live with, if the MS patient gets the right conditions in their everyday lives.

The most important thing is to stay in a peaceful environment. It is also of utmost importance to have a daily schedule that suits the individual. The schedule should not be pushed; there must be plenty of time between activities. MS also has a number of other means affects day. What is possible to do one day, may not work the next.

That brings me to the next point, which is fatigue. It is obvious that the one thing triggering the other. If not the energy or the mental strength is in balance, you cannot undertake any sense at all. That is why it is important to have time for recovery. You cannot make a schedule that is uniform for all patients, it must be adapted to the individual.

Columna Medica has absolutely the physical ability to handle the problems that may occur with cognition and fatigue. I have experienced that, I was part of design my own schedule from the beginning. What I may lack, is to be informed good time in advance what changes in todays schedule will be. It's also important that the changes made in consultation with the patient. I know we are a difficult patient group, but MS is a difficult disease to manage.

Diet

The importance of a good diet has been like a red thread through the stay here. The diet, along with exercise, is doing the greatest benefit in rehabilitation. I along with many others with MS have just the problem to get the time out the day to suffice. Then it becomes more common to buy processed foods and alleviate hunger with something sweet.

The diet advises I got the first day I have followed all the time. I had some tuff nights the first week. After a couple days I was detoxed from sugar and life become easier. Today I am in very good shape, and I can regret not starting LCHF diet earlier.

You must have a discipline as a patient on the diet to work over time. It is easy to comfort eating, and then collected easily pounds around the stomach. When the body does not function, as it should it become increasingly difficult to move.

The kitchen here at Columna Medica has cooked a much better food than I could have imagined with the harsh restrictions around detoxification. What I've learned here I will

take home with me everyday. The seven kilos I lost shall be remaining here.

Training

The survey conducted before the training program was posted were impressive. Every function was carefully examined both medically and physically. The easy part was the medical. I've been through it countless times. The physiological study impressed. They lasted one day with a number of tests, both of different abilities and strengths. After that my personal program was defined.

In my case, it was totally impossible to walk without aids, and I did use the wheelchair most of the time. Dagmara Somow was my therapist who established the program in consultation with Joseph Hesslinger last time I was in Poland. It is impressive how well the assessment was made, and how Dagmara has moved positions based on my daily progress. Now, after three weeks I can walk without crutches indoors up to 5-10meters, I will take them outdoors or if the indoor distance is longer.

To achieve the level I am at today, we have used;

-Redcord system for stability and strength

-Gym for weight training and other physical exercises -Basin for coordination training

-Massage

-Hydrotherapy for relaxing nerve system -DIERS Formatic 4D device

I have previously used the gym and Redcord. I know that these tools are great on their own; along with the other tools this is a superior treatment. Add to that the training occurred under the supervision of my coach all the time. Dagmara has followed me throughout the day, through all the exercises.

I am very satisfied with the training program as, AMEDS Rehabilitation Program, has design it. I hope more MS patients get the opportunity to experience the consistently high quality of training that I've done. The progress I made, I can take with me home when the period is finished. The best review I can give - I will definitely return for my third rehabilitation later in 2014.


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