Work & Multiple Sclerosis
Experts describe strategies that help multiple sclerosis patients cope with symptoms of the disease.
Researchers have begun to evaluate the role of diet and certain antioxidants
in relation to MS. "There's a need for a well-balanced diet. I also
recommend that patients take a multivitamin," says Walter Royal III, MD,
associate professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of
Medicine. Other experts stress the importance of a fiber-rich diet.
Royal and other researchers are exploring the potential role of vitamins D
and A in the clinical course of the disease. For now, he does not recommend
specific supplementation. "It can be quite hazardous to take excessive
amounts of either vitamin," Royal tells WebMD.
For anyone with MS who needs a good reason to relax, here's one. Studies
have linked stress to worsening MS symptoms. In one study, investigators
recorded subjects' stressful life events unrelated to MS, like financial
problems or death of a loved one. Stress caused by these events doubled the
risk of an MS exacerbation.
Relaxation techniques have worked for Levy. Besides taking her medicine
regularly, Levy claims that meditation has made the biggest difference in her
life. "My meditation helps the most. It keeps me focused on the present and
allows me to stay centered," Levy tells WebMD.
"That said, you can't stop thinking about the future altogether,"