Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Thursday, August 12, 2010

While multiple sclerosis develops in different ways for different people, most people will notice that their MS symptoms ebb and flow over time. Dr. Edward Hill gives some advice that can help MS patients in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Multiple sclerosis is a lifelong illness that can cause many day-to-day challenges for people who have it. Because symptoms can come and go, people who have MS can experience feelings of uncertainty and lack of control.

Living with MS may require you to make some lifestyle changes. These changes can help keep you as strong and healthy as possible. Here are some tips that may help:

Nutrition. A healthy diet will keep your immune system strong, and give you the best chance of good health.

Physical Activity. Exercise can help you improve muscle tone and strength, balance and coordination.

Rest. It is important to get enough exercise, but it is also important to get plenty of rest. MS causes fatigue, so pay attention to your needs.

Support. Encouragement and reassurance from others will help you better cope with the challenges of living with MS. Try to maintain as normal a life as you can, and continue to do the things you enjoy.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.