Knowing that multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults, we would like to share some facts and advices about this disease to help you solve some of the questions you should have so far.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that can affect the brain and/or spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance. It’s a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability, although it can occasionally be mild. In many cases, it’s possible to treat symptoms. Average life expectancy is slightly reduced for people with MS.
You may have to adapt your daily life if you’re diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), but with the right care and support many people can lead long, active and healthy lives.
Self care is an integral part of daily life. It means you take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, with support from people involved in your care. This includes the things you do each day to stay fit, maintain good physical and mental health, prevent illness or accidents, and effectively deal with minor ailments and long-term conditions.
Although you’ll probably be in regular contact with your care team, you should also have a comprehensive review of your care at least once a year.
This is a good opportunity to discuss your current treatment, mention any new problems you’ve been having, think about any further support you may need and be kept informed about any new treatments that are available. Make sure that you let your care team know about any symptoms or concerns you have. The more the team knows, the more they can help you.
Healthy eating and exercise
There’s no special diet that has been proven to slow the progression of MS, but a generally healthy, balanced diet can help you manage specific problems such as fatigue and constipation. It can also reduce your risk of other health problems, such as heart disease.
Regular activity and exercise is important for both general health and fitness. Research has shown specific benefits of exercise for people with MS, including reduced fatigue and improved strength, mobility, and bowel and bladder function.
Smoking is associated with an increased risk of a wide range of health conditions and it may also increase the speed at which MS gets worse. If you smoke, stopping may help to slow the progression of your MS.
These are just a few recommendations that may help you to improve your life quality while having this disease. Do not forget to ask your doctor about clinical treatments, such as clinical trials. At Althian, you can find help from specialists and a treatment option for your disease. Don’t hesitate to contact us for further details and information.