31st of January 2014 marks the completion of 4 years since I was diagnosed with MS. That day was a life changing event for me and things have not been the same since. But over these years, I have learnt to live with MS and I think I am doing a pretty great job at it. Understanding how to manage yourself and your disease is the key here. Once you get the hang of it, things will be a lot more simpler and smoother. Let’s have a look at how you can learn to manage your disease better and live a healthier, happier and merrier life 🙂
Multiple Sclerosis patients have to understand that there is no magic pill or treatment which will cure their MS once and for all. Long term treatment is needed to control your MS symptoms. Moreover, you will also have to make certain changes in your daily life to adapt to the new you.
Self-care is extremely important when it comes to managing your disease. Identify the factors which aggravate your symptoms and then avoid them at all costs. Similarly, you should identify what works for you and then focus on those things. Take responsibility for your own health and well-being and never ever neglect yourself. Get help and support from your friends and family and other people involved in your care. When it comes to your health and well being, don’t ever be careless.
Maintaining good mental and physical health helps in staying fit. MS patients should also prevent illnesses and accidents and should learn to avoid or manage minor ailments like the common cold or flu.
Patients suffering from long-term conditions such as MS live better, healthier and longer lives with less pain and anxiety if they receive support for self-care. They are also better able to manage other symptoms associated with MS like fatigue, depression, pain and anxiety. Self-care will not only give them a better quality of life, but they will also live an independent and active life.
Review your disease
With a long-term disease like MS, it is a good idea to visit your doctor regularly. You can also seek help from a support group in your area where you can discuss your concerns and symptoms. Getting in touch with other patients is also a good way to learn about new experiences and cope with your problems better.
Eat healthy and exercise
Eating a healthy and balanced diet is not just good for MS patients, but it is recommended for everyone. Your diet should contain all the food groups so your body gets all the nutrition it needs. Just make sure you avoid all kinds of unhealthy and junk foods, starches, processed foods and sweets.
Exercising and stretching regularly can help get rid of stiffness and spasticity and can help relieve stress and reduce fatigue.
Managing your disease
There are a number of therapies which you can use today to alleviate your MS symptoms. 20 years ago, MS was considered to be an untreatable disease, but today, patients can use medications to slow the progression of their disease. Make the right decisions and get help if you are not being able to manage your disease.
Remember, MS should not define you or dictate your life. You have to take control now to live a better and healthier life tomorrow!