Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological condition, affecting around 100,000 people in the UK alone. Most of those people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 – 40, though anyone of any age can be affected. Read more about living with the condition, here.
With MS, the coating around nerve fibres, known as myelin is damaged, and sometimes the nerves themselves. This causes a range of symptoms that differ from person to person.
The complexity of MS makes it difficult to diagnose. It can also take several months to get to a diagnosis, with many tests being carried out along the way. Once that diagnosis is made, there are different options available to help make things more manageable.
Treatment for MS
While various drug treatments can help curb individual symptoms or relapses, it is important to take a more holistic approach in living with MS. This means assessing everything, from diet and exercise, to general lifestyle choices. It may be worth considering complementary and alternative treatments, such as massage and aromatherapy. Yoga, thai chi and Pilates can also be more accessible forms of exercise, for people with MS. In all cases, you should talk to your GP or specialist doctors, who will advise you on which things to try and which things to avoid.
Living with MS doesn’t just mean managing symptoms. It can be a tough thing to deal with, for everyone involved. There is nothing wrong with asking for support, either emotional or practical. This can mean anything from individual or family counselling and support groups, to professional home care and financial assistance.
Living With MS
It is also possible to adapt your home to make day-to-day living more manageable. From small but useful things like portable grab rails and soft-grip, long-handled utensils, to bigger investments such as wheelchair ramps and lifts. An occupational therapist can conduct an assessment to see what would be most helpful to you. They can also advise on how to approach basic tasks that have or will become more difficult.
MS is by no means an easy thing to accept, let alone live with. But taking things step by step and using the resources available will help to preserve quality of life as much as possible. Carewatch have many years experience caring for people living with MS, if you or your family member are currently living with the condition, see how Carewatch can help you, today.