Long-Term Disease Management
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease. Fortunately there are medications available to slow the relapsing forms of the disease, and all types of MS have treatment available. There are several ways you can take control, including:
- Do not become a victim of MS. Attitude is a very powerful force that can positively or negatively alter your approach to treatments.
- Take advantage of everything offered to help you remain independent and in charge of your health. If you have relapsing MS, discuss treatment options, clinical trial research and future medications with your doctor.
- When visiting your neurologist, come with a list of the important questions you want to have answered.
- Making healthy food choices, such as eating more fruits, vegetables and lean meats, can help you stay strong in fighting your MS. There are many diets claiming to help MS, but none have been shown to slow lesions development, reduce relapses or decrease disability. However, starting and maintaining a healthy diet and controlling your weight can help not only with symptoms, but also with avoiding other chronic diseases that may worsen overall function. If you are interested in starting a diet or weight-loss program, talk with your neurologist.
- Exercise is one of the most important ways to reduce fatigue, improve sleep and stay healthy. Common activities that our MS patients enjoy include pool therapy and yoga, but any form of exercise is good. If you have difficulty exercising outdoors because of the heat, cooling equipment — such as vests, neck wraps, ball caps and wristbands — is available through various companies. A physical therapist can also provide you with a home exercise program to fit your individual needs.