Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Nov 11, 2022
Living with Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that affects movement and vision. Fortunately, many treatments can effectively manage and reduce the disabling effects of MS. Learn more about living well with multiple sclerosis.

Doctors haven’t yet found a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS). However, therapies that successfully manage the symptoms and progression of MS continue to improve as our understanding of this complex disorder grows.

Our team at Valley Neurology in Spokane Valley, Washington, has significant expertise in diagnosing and treating MS. From helping you manage stress to prescribing the best medicines available to control your symptoms, we’re dedicated to helping you enjoy a long and active life.

Read these recommendations from our team about living well with multiple sclerosis.

1. Check the facts about MS

Many rumors exist about the nature and course of MS, some of which are only partially true. Others are simply inaccurate. For instance, not everyone with MS spends time in a wheelchair.

However, MS attacks can cause fatigue and muscle spasticity, making it challenging to accomplish your daily routine. Routine exercise, including flexibility activities like yoga, can help decrease these effects.

Notably, you may experience MS symptoms for several weeks and then settle into asymptomatic remission that can last for months to years. Routine medications can help reduce disease progression, prevent relapses, or effectively manage your symptoms during a relapse.

At Valley Neurology, we provide detailed and up-to-date information about MS. Our team is always willing to discuss your concerns and practical steps you can take to overcome the challenges of living with MS.

2. Stay connected

Even when you’re feeling well, it’s important to remember that MS is a progressive condition that requires medical expertise and support to minimize its interference in your life. Your specialist at Valley Neurology stays up-to-date with the latest research and MS treatment recommendations.

Our team also works with you to develop a self-care regimen that can improve your physical and emotional health, which are vital to successfully managing MS. 

Your personalized care plan, from a nutritious diet to avoiding overheating as you remain active to developing healthy sleep habits, can help you thrive despite MS.

3. Take charge of your health

Many people live long and active lives following a diagnosis of MS by remaining positive and establishing healthy self-care measures. However, listening carefully to your body and enlisting the support of a qualified specialist are also essential to your success.

For instance, decreased energy could signal that you need more sleep. Unfortunately, it could also signal the start of a relapse. 

Rather than worrying, which can also bring on a relapse, check in with your Valley Neurology specialist whenever you develop new or concerning symptoms. This step may help prevent a prolonged relapse.

Whether you’re experiencing worrisome symptoms, newly diagnosed with MS, or wondering if your current treatment plan offers what you need, we can help. Schedule an evaluation at Valley Neurology today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.