Living with MS

Your Guide to Success

Thousands of men and women are successfully living with MS, and this is a reality for you when you’re in-the-know about symptom management through proper diet and other techniques. Here are a few important facts concerning MS management and how you can put your best foot forward as a patient.

Living with MS

Diet

Although there is no specific ‘MS diet,’ many individuals living with the condition make changes to the foods and drinks they consume. Two recommended diets, the Paleo diet and Mediterranean diet, help increase bowel and bladder functioning, increase energy levels, and overall well-being. The National MS Society reports a direct link between MS (a disease affecting the central nervous system) and the foods consumed.

Exercise

Leading an active lifestyle complete with exercise is an important part of an individual’s well-being, but for MS patients, it is even more vital to good health. A 1996 University of Utah study was the first to highlight the exemplary benefits associated with MS management via exercise. Those benefits include:

  • Improved Strength
  • Improve Bladder and Bowel Functioning
  • Improved Mood
  • Decreased Fatigue
  • Less Instances of Depression

Leading an inactive lifestyle after an MS diagnosis may lead to coronary heart disease, weakened muscles, increased risk of fracturing bones, decreased bone density, and difficulty breathing.

Medications

A doctor may prescribe a number of medications to patients in efforts to manage the symptoms associated with MS. He may also opt for injectable drugs or infusion drugs. Additionally, many vitamins are available OTC that may prove beneficial in the management of this condition.

Vitamin D and Biotin are both vitamins currently under research as it is believed they may play a role in the improvement of MS. Current research shows some benefit with the use of each vitamin. Talk to your doctor to learn if you should add the supplement to your MS management regimen.

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation options are also available for MS patients wishing to improve their overall quality of life via professional programs. Rehabilitation focuses upon many aspects of managing MS symptoms, using a variety of tools and accessories along the way.