Multiple Sclerosis Ms Lifestyle

Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease. People afflicted by MS often experience a variety of cognitive and physical disabilities, usually affecting one or more aspects of their lives. However, while the disabilities may make daily life more difficult, people with MS can still function normally in their daily lives with a little effort.

Multiple sclerosis, unlike the common cold or fever, is not a temporary disease. It’s a chronic disease that may stay with you for the rest of your life. And while you may wish to stay in bed for the entire duration, it’s not very practical.

Start off by Eating Right

Good nutrition is essential for a healthy life, regardless of the presence of multiple sclerosis. Never the less, having MS makes a healthy, balanced diet is that much more important.

Exercise

While exercise may seem contrary to the whole idea of minimizing discomfort and eliminating fatigue, exercise is a very important part of a multiple sclerosis patient’s lifestyle. Exercise keeps the body strong, reduces fatigue, and prevents a score of other illnesses from taking advantage of a body already weakened by multiple sclerosis. Of course, exercise should be undertaken within reasonable limits.Overexerting yourself can exacerbate any symptoms you may have.

Get the Support You Need

Multiple sclerosis is difficult to deal with-even more so if you’re dealing with it alone. Get the support you need. Ask your health professional to recommend literature and support groups.

Your Sexual Health

While your libido and sexual health are dependent on a properly functioning nervous system, having multiple sclerosis doesn’t mean there’s no hope. Talk to your doctor about new symptoms; in many cases, medical treatments can reduce or eliminate problems.

Your Job

People with multiple sclerosis often have disabilities. Many of these people also have jobs. While multiple sclerosis disabilities may affect your daily life, you can usually continue working. Decreasing stress and eliminating known triggers of flare-ups are two ways that you can manage the disease without giving up work and other activities that are important to you.

Living with multiple sclerosis can be tough, but it is possible to live a rich and meaningful life. Your family and friends will be there for you.

Learn more about living with MS, by following the links listed in the menu to the left.

Resources

Brunette, J., Carlson, C., Coyle, P.K., Garmany, G.P., Giesser, B.S., Halper, J., Hutchinson, B., et al. (ed). Diets. National MS Society Information Sourcebook, New York, NY (2003).

The Cleveland Clinic. (updated 2004). Multiple sclerosis: Living with multiple sclerosis.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. (updated 2005). Healthy living with MS.