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8 Ways to Live Better With MS

4. Take Stock of Your Finances

Life with MS can get expensive. Copays for medications, tests, doctor visits, and home help all add up. Meanwhile, MS might restrict your working hours and reduce your income.

No matter what your financial situation is, meeting with a financial advisor or accountant is a good idea. An expert can give you a sense of how much you might need to put away. You'll also get advice on ways to save money, such as possible tax deductions on home renovations you may need.

5. Assess Your Home

If your symptoms ever became a problem, could you keep living in your home? Would it be possible to live on the first floor? Could you add a ramp if you needed to? Are there other adjustments you could make? It's worth thinking through, Kalb says.

You should also think about where you live. "If you're in a really rural, isolated area, you might not have access to services that could help," Northrop says.

6. Consider Your Career

After diagnosis, lots of people with MS stay at the same job without any problem. But it’s worth considering how MS could affect your career in the future.

For instance, if your job is very physical, could you shift to something less demanding if your symptoms got worse? And in any job, would training in a different career make you more confident about your future?

7. Reach Out

Connecting with other people who are dealing with MS can help, too. Support groups can provide connections.

"Other members may talk about a good financial advisor or a contractor who will install grip bars," says Northrop. "Write down that information and keep it in a file." Such recommendations may come in handy.

8. Take Your Time

If you have MS, it's important to plan. But don’t rush into any big decisions.

"Don't give it more of your energy and resources than it deserves," Kalb says.

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Reviewed on April 22, 2015

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