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Living With Multiple Sclerosis Is Not The End

Apr 13, 2008
People with multiple sclerosis may feel that their disease has cost them their independence. This is not true. There are simple modifications that you can make to your home and workplace that will allow you to live a fairly normal life.

The first thing that you need to do is consult your physician and groups that provide multiple sclerosis support for ideas and information. In this article, we've got some helpful advice on living with multiple sclerosis that will help you make your life easier.

All MS treatments can have some side effects and all people with multiple sclerosis respond differently to different medications. Some injected MS treatments may cause flu-like side effects, such as fever, chills, muscle aches and tiredness. For many people, the flu-like side effects lessen or go away over time.

If you receive an injected MS treatment, then change the time of day that you take your injection. Many people choose bedtime so they can sleep through many of the side effects. Take over-the-counter pain medications. They can help reduce pain or fever. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have an allergic reaction to a multiple sclerosis drug.

One of the most difficult parts of living with MS is coping with the mental and physical fatigue. It's one of the symptoms of MS, but it can also be caused by some medications. Depending on the type of fatigue, your doctor may recommend aerobic exercise, physical therapy or occupational therapy.

Prioritizing your responsibilities, pacing yourself, and delegating work to others will help to conserve your energy. Depression is common and it is managed the same way as depression that occurs without the medicine: an antidepressant medication and/or counseling.

Living with multiple sclerosis will mean making changes to your living environment. Making specific changes around the home can significantly reduce injuries or mitigate high-risk situations, such as falling or getting a burn.

For the sake of safety, you should have hand rails and other supports installed in the bathtub. You should also use the microwave instead of a traditional stove and kettle. If you do use a stove, then select a model with controls located at the front, use the back burners whenever possible, and use a stove guard which fits around the side or front of the appliance. Buy a kettle and iron with an automatic switch-off.

Living with multiple sclerosis means that you have to take the appropriate home safety measures. Doing things such as making sure that you maintain well-lighted areas in and around the home, keeping floors free of obstacles, fastening loose rugs to the floor and wearing well-fitted shoes with good traction are all simple things you can do that will keep you safe. Taking these little steps will make living with MS easier for both you and your family.
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