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Tips for Living Well With Multiple Sclerosis

Living with Multiple Sclerosis

According to estimates, there are approximately 400,000 cases of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the United States. Despite being the most common debilitating neurological disorder, there is still much to be learned about MS. However, even though there is no cure and few approved treatments, those with MS can expect to lead long, satisfying lives. If you or a loved one is dealing with MS, what can help you to thrive despite the illness? Here are some tips for living well with multiple sclerosis.

Maintain a safe environment

Falls are a significant risk for those with MS. Though the elderly are often used to being extra careful, most people are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at a relatively young age; caution may not come so naturally. An uncluttered home environment goes a long way towards preventing accidents. Keep rugs flat and even, and make sure all floors and pathways are free of hazards.

Use assistive devices

Again, younger patients may struggle mentally with accepting the need for a cane, walker or other assistive devices. But a little preventative help is worth it if an accident can be avoided.

Keep a healthy lifestyle

Though diet and exercise may not directly affect the progression of MS, your overall health is an important factor in how well you cope with the disease. A healthy diet and regular exercise improves your strength, energy and (perhaps most importantly) your mood; maintaining these three at high levels will be vital during a relapse.

Stay rested

As with diet and exercise, your sleep habits have a powerful effect on your energy levels and mood. Since multiple sclerosis is likely to cause sleep disturbances, it’s important not to let any other factors rob you of your much-needed rest.

Acknowledging feelings through open communication

It’s inevitable the strain of the disease process will affect your mood. When negative feelings are overwhelming you, try to lean on those who care for you most.

It’s important to remember that primary caregivers may also be carrying a heavy load. It’s possible that family members may be uncomfortable sharing their thoughts – perhaps out of fear of hurting their loved one’s feelings. Though admirable, it’s usually best to maintain open communication rather than bottling up feelings of negativity. When all parties cooperate and communicate, it’s easier to carry the load.

When to ask for help

Both patients and caregivers can benefit from professional help. Many patients find that just a few hours per week of professional home care can vastly improve their quality of life. In addition, family members and primary caregivers will get time to relax and recover, allowing them to enjoy each other’s company and be refreshed. At Fedelta Home Care, multiple sclerosis is just one of the issues our expert care providers can assist with. From care management to companionship, our well-trained, caring professionals offer home care services throughout the Puget Sound region. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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