How to Manage Your Multiple Sclerosis Pain
Treatment: The most simple and effective treatment is to wear a soft neck-collar to hold your head steady. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe an anti-seizure drug.
In Your Muscles
You may find yourself gripped by a sudden spasm, in which your arm tightens, your hand claws at the air, or your leg kicks out. These painful movements generally happen in the later stages of MS, and can be triggered by touch, movement, or emotion.
Treatment: Your doctor may recommend pain relievers and drugs to reduce muscle spasms. Even Botox shots can help by temporarily paralyzing a muscle or nerve. Stretches and range-of-motion exercises may also help.
In Your Back and Bones
This may stem from too much pressure on your bones, joints, and muscles. It happens when you push your body to move. You can get it if you have hard time walking, or other movement problems.
Treatment: You can work with physical therapist. Also try massage, heat, and physical therapy. Practice meditation, tai chi, or yoga. You can also use over-the-counter pain-relievers such as ibuprofen or aspirin.
Your Aching Head
It could be a migraine. They are three times more likely in people who have MS than in those who don’t.
Treatment: Talk to your doctor or a headache specialist about the best medications. Those might include certain types of drugs that are also used to treat depression, or Botox to relax certain muscles in your head.
You may also want to ask your doctor about other methods, such as hypnosis, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (in which you learn new ways to respond to problems).
It’s also important to reach out to your loved ones. Social support is good for you! So let them know what’s going on and how they can help.