I attended a webinar last week by Dr. Rudolph (Rudy) Cartwright / Scott Cartwright, MPH, on ‘How to Get Rid of Your Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue and Stop Your Balance, Pain, & Vision Problems and get your Life Back!‘ The webinar hosted by MSFundamentals covered some crucial points which can help patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis live better lives and avoid MS related fatigue and stiffness.
About Dr. Rudy Cartwright
Dr. Rudy Cartwright is a retired Neurosurgeon from Odessa, Texas, who has studied Multiple Sclerosis extensively. As a neurosurgeon(brain surgeon) with over thirty-five years experience, he understands the difficulties MS poses to people suffering from it. His interest became heightened when his lovely daughter-in-law, a pre-med student, was diagnosed with MS.
About the Online Seminar
When you sign up online for the Webinar, you will get an email with some useful links that will help you during the webinar. You must download and print the Handout before you attend the online seminar to help you during the presentation. Here are some of the points discussed by Dr. Rudy in the webinar:
1. Your Attitude makes a HUGE difference
The first and most important thing for a patient suffering from MS is to ‘Change your Mindset‘. You have to BELIEVE and KNOW that you CAN and WILL get better. A positive attitude can make a HUGE difference as it helps relieve stress and also helps avoid MS depression which MSers suffer from. A positive attitude lets you live the life of your dreams and true success can only be possible when you are willing to get better, be open minded and keep yourself moving and active.
You have to BELIEVE and KNOW that you CAN and WILL get better
2. Address health related issues
There are no magic bullets when it comes to dealing with MS. All you have to do is address certain issues related to your health to keep your MS in check. So after a positive mindset, you need to address the issues which result in MS exacerbations. For that, you need to:
- Address any infections in your body
- Neutralize any toxins that may be affecting your health
- Take some advanced steps with the help of your neurologist
Before you can address any of the issues, you must know the following facts about MS:
- 80% – 90% of patients initially diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis start with Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS).
- 50% of MS patients with Relapsing-Remitting MS develop Secondary-Progressive MS (SPMS) within 10 years.
- 90% of MS patients with Relapsing-Remitting MS develop Secondary-Progressive MS (SPMS) within 25 years.
Read about the different Types of Multiple Sclerosis or the stages of MS which a patient may suffer from.
If MS is left untreated or unaddressed, it can lead to a greater loss of function with the patient experiencing less and less improvement between attacks.
If you are experiencing MS fatigue, you must seek medical attention. Your neurologist will advise you some blood tests to check your blood sugar levels. Patients who are hypoglycemic (those with a high sugar level) often feel fatigued as hyperglycemia can contribute to fatigue. Such patients may be suffering from IGT (Impaired Glucose Tolerance) which is the inability of the body to burn glucose properly. IGT causes pain (neuropathy) in MSers because it causes the nerves to ‘become sick’.
Impaired Glucose Tolerance may be found in patients with pain. Problems with your nerves may be caused by excess glucose in your blood. So have your A1c checked!
3. Vitamin D3 level
The next issue which your doctor will address is to correct any Vitamin D3 deficiency. Vitamin D3 helps to control blood sugar levels in patients and also controls insulin resistance in the body, thereby keeping the blood glucose levels in control.
MS patients are advised to take 2000 – 5000 IU of Vitamin D3 every day.
Patients with elevated blood glucose levels should also reduce sugar intake in their diet and avoid junk foods and sodas. Patients with elevated A1c experience pain and fatigue, therefore, it is advised to get your A1c checked every week and take steps to keep it in control.
The next issue of concern is exposure to toxins. In this modern age, everyone is exposed to harmful toxins like cigarette smoke, poisonous emissions from manufacturing plants and automobiles, cooking emissions and other different kinds of pollutants. Even residential fireplaces emit toxins and gases which are harmful. Structural and vegetation fires near your locality also add to the toxity and can be harmful.
Even the water you drink and the foods you eat may be exposed to harmful pesticides and herbicides.
All these problems need to be addressed as the breakdown of pollutants in our body results in the release of Acrolein in our bodies which is very harmful for MSers.
Acrolein has been known to cause Myelin damage in the brain and spinal cord which can be an important factor in the progression of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), leading to your MS getting worse.
Avoid over heating foods and also avoid being close to fireplaces or even being near to a smoker as the toxins that are added to your body are very harmful.
Taking the right supplements is crucial for patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. MS patients are advised to take Zinc 15mg daily as it helps protect and repair myelin. As mentioned above, Vitamin D3 should also be taken daily.
Discuss with your neurologist, and he will be able to advise you a good supplement to take care of your daily needs.
6. Learn to relax
Relaxing is very important for MS patients. Take out time from your daily routine to listen to songs, exercise and meditate as all these can help relieve stress and get rid of depression.
Listen to Mozart Jupiter Symphony or your favorite tracks as music activates the inner ear and improves posture.
Music is known to help ICU patients as it reduces pain and plays an important role as add-on treatment in critical care. It affects the central nervous system and also has an effect on the cranial nerves.
Listening to your favorite music is also known to lower cortisol, a naturally occurring steroid produced by the body during stress, as it de-stresses you and brings you joy.
Remember to follow these tips and talk with your neurologist if your MS symptoms are bothering you. Leading a stress free life is very important for your health. Taking the right supplements is equally important to manage your MS related symptoms.
Are your addressing the points listed above? Share your experience with us in the comments below.