Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Although multiple sclerosis can be a physically limiting disease, there are many ways that people suffering from it can live more normal lives. Although it can be a challenge having to deal with typical MS symptoms such as fatigue, memory lapses and vision problems, it is a matter of knowing how to cope up with them that would spell the difference.

Living as normally as possible with multiple sclerosis would mean being able to manage the common symptoms that are associated with the disease. Making the effort to cope up with them is better than putting up your hands in surrender. Although it would really take work and time, managing the MS symptoms that you usually experience would make your day to day life all the more worthwhile.

When it comes to managing fatigue, you should be aware that not all of them may be an MS symptom. Some instances of fatigue can be attributed to the medication that you may be taking for multiple sclerosis. This means that some instances of fatigue can be managed by some type of exercise or physical therapy that can be recommended by your physician.

Aside from fatigue, there are also other side effects that can be brought about by your MS medication. You might experience itching or rashes on some parts of your body. You might also have trouble breathing or feel nauseous after taking your MS medication. Some might even cause an allergic reaction that may happen within two hours after taking your first medication.

Sometimes some people mistake these side effects as a symptom of MS and may feel powerless to do anything. But in fact, these symptom may come as a side effect rather than be blamed for the MS. And these side effects can be treated. If you find yourself experiencing such side effects, you should tell your doctor about this so that he may be able to give you the proper treatment for it or formulate for a different treatment approach for your MS.

If you find yourself feeling depressed as a symptom of MS, you are just one of the many people who feel the same. You do not have to worry since the depression can be well managed through anti-depressant medication or through counseling. This will greatly help you cope up with your MS and avoid blaming the disease for all your miseries all of the time.  

Always make it a point to always talk with your doctor about the symptoms that you experience with MS. Doctor and patient interaction is, as always, important in every type of treatment for whatever type of disease, including MS. By doing so, you are also doing your part in being able to cope better with multiple sclerosis.

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