Living With MS
Living with multiple sclerosis can be challenging. Multiple sclerosis symptoms, such as fatigue, loss of visual acuity, and memory lapses, can seriously impair performance of normal, daily activities and can have a negative impact. However, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis should not preclude living a useful, constructive life. There are many treatments and lifestyle changes that can assist you in managing multiple sclerosis while maintaining an active and fulfilling life.
The first step in living with multiple sclerosis is working with your doctor to develop a treatment regimen that is appropriate and effective for treating your symptoms. Proper treatment can slow disease progression and minimize relapses. Your doctor also can assist you in managing any side effects that may result from your treatment.
In addition to the multiple sclerosis treatment provided by your doctor, lifestyle changes also can be important in managing multiple sclerosis symptoms and slowing disease progression. Among other things, exercise, diet, and stress relief can be essential for maintaining symptomatic control. Moderate aerobic exercise improves cardiac health, stamina, and mood, and helps manage symptoms like fatigue, weakness, and bladder and bowel control. Stretching exercises can relieve stiffness and improve flexibility and mobility. A balanced low-fat, high-fiber diet promotes healthy bowel function and can aid in controlling body weight.
Additional information on living with multiple sclerosis can be found on the National MS Society website.