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Living Better with Multiple Sclerosis

By Daryl H. Bryant (644 words)
Posted in Living with MS on May 6, 2014

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Living Better with Multiple Sclerosis

If you have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), then you know that the symptoms can often make life stressful and difficult. Managing symptoms is key to living with MS, and regular exercise and a diet rich in key vitamins are often recommended to prevent symptom outbreaks. Living the healthy way can help you get the most out of your daily activities, and the following tips will help you live better with your MS.

Always have an optimistic outlook
Just because MS is a degenerative disease does not mean your lifestyle is limited. Take time to accept the changes the disease is causing in your life, but don’t give in to them. Develop new ways to do everyday tasks by researching the disease and talking with those who also suffer from similar symptoms. Talking with people about your fears and frustrations is a great way to power through them and find the optimism in your situation. Use humor and friends to keep your moods up and continue to engage in the activities that bring you the most happiness.

Implement a healthy and well-rounded diet
An easy way to manage your symptoms and your life is to keep a diet rich in omega-3s, calcium, and vitamins like B12. Healthy diets that reduce the amount of sugars and caffeine you consume will help you keep symptoms at bay and live the life you want to lead. Brightly colored fruits and veggies like strawberries and bananas are delicious and rich in vitamin B. Snacks like these will keep you energized through your daily activities.

Maintain your energy and schedule time for rest
Your energy level is something to keep an eye on if you suffer from MS. Re-organize your home to be more comfortable for your situation, because little things like keeping jar openers in the kitchen can save a lot of stress. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and keep phone numbers of friends and family nearby so you can call for assistance if needed. If you find yourself getting tired, consider scheduling power naps throughout your day. Short naps periodically will keep you alert and focused, helping you get the most out of your day.

Understand your medical benefits
With healthcare laws changing all over the country, it is important to stay aware of your medical benefits and payments. With your current healthcare provider, discuss your symptoms and find out what you’re entitled to. Many people do not understand MS and may not believe your symptoms, so make sure you are clearly articulating your needs, asking a lot questions, and shopping around for healthcare if you aren’t pleased with what is being offered. Remember, there are organizations focused on assisting people living with MS, and there are many grants and programs available dedicated to helping people with MS.

Don’t punish yourself
Realize that there are many things that are outside of your control, and this disease and its symptoms are some of them. Practice relaxation techniques, such as meditation, and keep up with your favorite hobbies. Activities you love can help distract you during symptom outbreaks. Maintaining regular visits with friends, family, and support groups can keep your mood up. Positive energy only generates more positive energy, so surround yourself with encouraging people who are going to continue to motivate you to keep up the healthiest lifestyle possible.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and relying on the people around you are important to living better with MS. Turning to friends, family, support groups and physical therapists is a great way to find out ways to stay a step ahead of your symptoms. They can give you tips on diet-friendly recipes, make you laugh with familiar anecdotes, and help you better understand your medical benefits. Remember to rest, relax, and think positively. Those are the healthiest ways to control your MS.

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