Tips for Living Well With Multiple Sclerosis
Make the most of every day despite MS.
21 Tips Tucked in the MS Connections Game
- Pain, sometimes chronic, bothers more than half of people with MS. Massage
and anti-inflammatory drugs can help.
- You may be more heat-sensitive when you have MS. Stay cool, tackle stress,
and get fit with water aerobics or swimming.
- Sadness, lack of energy, irritability -- these are all signs of depression,
common inpeople with MS. Reach out.
- Stay on top of fatigue -- recognize the signs. These might be tired eyes or
legs, irritability, anxiety, or impatience.
- Lack of activity can sometimes lead to constipation in those with MS. One
solution: more exercise.
- MS pain can be sharp, burning, achy, even “electric.” Get help with
physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, and massage.
- Ready for baby? Congratulations! Most couples coping with MS have a
perfectly normal pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
- Stick to lukewarm water for showers and baths. Very hot water can spike
fatigue and symptom flares.
- Depressed? You’re not alone. Depression is very common in people with MS.
Feel better -- seek help.
- In relapsing-remitting MS, you can go weeks, months, even years between
- About 55% of people with MS have pain or blurred vision in one of their
eyes. Steroid treatment can help.
- People with MS are prone to depression, which can manifest itself in all
kinds of ways -- physical and emotional.
- The idea that an early pregnancy increases your risk of MS disability is,
fortunately, just a myth.
- Changes related to MS can put a damper on your sex drive. Talking with
your partner helps -- and can deepen intimacy.
- Is spasticity or an overactive bladder keeping you awake? Medication can
help you get the ZZZs you need.
- Noticing fewer symptoms during your pregnancy? It’s not your imagination.
Some women get fewer MS symptoms when pregnant.
- A spastic bladder can leave people with MS prone to urinary tract
infections. Medication and lifestyle changes can help.
- Men with MS can sometimes have erectile or ejaculatory problems, but there
is help. Talk to your doctor.
- Ready to get pregnant or breastfeed? Talk to your doctor to make sure all
your medications are safe for baby.
- Up to 80% of people with MS have problems with sex. Fortunately, there are
a variety of therapies to help.
- No matter what you’ve heard, MS isn’t fatal, contagious, or directly