Managing Fatigue after Spinal Cord Injury

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Fatigue impacts the lives of many individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). It’s more than just a physical condition; fatigue can have adverse effects on the mental and emotional state, and act as a detriment to one’s happiness and overall well-being. However, you don’t have to let fatigue defeat you. With the right energy management program, you can cope with the physical, mental and emotional components of this debilitating condition and improve quality of life.

Here a few pointers to take into consideration when formulating your energy management program:

  • Eat and rest well. This means good nutrition and adequate sleeping hours. Needless to say, refrain from bad foods and bad habits (especially smoking and drinking). And don’t forget to take it easy from time to time – meditate, laugh with your loved ones, engage in a favorite hobby, etc.
  • Stay out of the heat. High temperatures and humidity are known to worsen fatigue. Use cooling devices if necessary.
  • Simplify work tasks. Using your ingenuity, come up with ways to implement energy saving strategies in your everyday tasks. Your occupational therapist should be able to provide you with some helpful tools.
  • Avoid stress. While the link between stress and fatigue is not fully understood, stress management and relaxation training have been shown to improve energy levels.
  • Perform aerobic exercise, if at all possible. A physiotherapist can prescribe a customized exercise program that meets your goals.

If you or a loved one has sustained spinal cord injury due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation, physical therapy, and assistive devices, in addition to lost earnings and pain and suffering. Contact Wilshire Law Firm to discuss your rights and best options for recovery. Our number is (800) 522-7274. We offer FREE consultations.