Helpful tips to minimize end-of-year stress and maximize the spirit of the season

posted on October 8, 2015 - 9:37am
As the autumn leaves start to fall, the holiday season is upon us. And between the hustle and bustle of decorating, shopping, food preparation and social gatherings, the holidays can be a source of increased stress. Anyone can feel overwhelmed this festive time of year, but for people living with neuromuscular diseases, managing the additional activities and expenses is crucial to maintaining...

The author’s weight loss surgery led her to start an exercise program that provided her with more muscle tone — and a lot of fun

posted on January 9, 2014 - 9:21am
Quest Winter 2014
To exercise or not to exercise? I can almost hear the people reading this article screaming, “NOT!” Truthfully, until about a year ago, I would have been screaming NOT the loudest, the longest and with absolutely no hesitation. Author Danise Armstrong riding her tricycle. Living with CMT
posted on March 1, 2008 - 10:00am
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 2
Letters to Quest: Warnings about BiPAP ** Cushion inventor was a hero ** Praise for nutrition article ** Tip about foot swelling

Corticosteroids are useful treatments for some neuromuscular diseases, but finding the right medication and dosing schedule isn't always smooth sailing

posted on May 7, 2007 - 1:58pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 3
Corticosteroids (also known as glucocorticoids) that are commonly used to treat neuromuscular disorders include prednisone, prednisolone and deflazacort. All are powerful medications that suppress the immune system and decrease inflammation.
posted on September 1, 2005 - 11:11am
QUEST Vol. 12, No. 5
Most people with limited mobility don't need to be told how hard it is not to gain excess weight, but many don't know that restricting calories without regard to protein intake can add to muscle wasting. Two new studies say finding the right balance is a challenge. Nutrition inadequate in many with MD Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, say adults with muscular dystrophy may...

Extra pounds carry more weight in neuromuscular disease

posted on July 1, 2004 - 3:27pm
If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably already tried to lose weight. You already know the basic, simple formula for success (burn more calories than you eat), and you know just how devilishly hard it is to follow. People with neuromuscular diseases are up against a double (or triple or quadruple) whammy when it comes to losing weight. In addition to the usual dieting challenges — yummy...

Dispatches from the battle of the bulge

posted on July 1, 2004 - 3:01pm
In her daily life with mitochondrial myopathy, Deanna Briegge of Perry, Okla., often turns to this bit of wisdom from financial guru Bob Proctor: “You can do anything if you put your focus on how to do it, rather than on why you can’t.” Although Briegge, 59, isn’t overweight, she sees her scale slowly creeping upward each year and tries to focus on ways to maintain health and fitness — watching...

Tips for a well-balanced nutritional program

posted on July 1, 2004 - 3:00pm
There’s no one perfect diet for everyone with a neuromuscular disease. The right program depends on your health profile, tastes and lifestyle. But nutritionists and physicians agree that, in general, the best weight loss plan involves well-balanced nutrition. Diet gurus may proclaim the miraculous effects of one kind of “macronutrient” over another — protein, fat, carbohydrate, grapefruit,...