Keeping attention on a mental
task, such as a math calculation.
Finding the right words to
These problems are often quite mild early in the course of the
disease. But they may get worse with time, depending on the location of tissue
damage (MS lesions) in the brain.
Neuropsychological tests may help identify specific
problems. Side effects of medicines used to relieve physical MS symptoms may
cause cognitive problems.
Exercise is not just good for your health, it's an important part of MS treatment. Being active gives you more energy and makes you less tired. It helps prevent bladder and bowel problems, and it can boost your mood.
Treating your emotional problems is as important as treating other
symptoms of MS. Family counseling and counseling by other people who have MS
are both available. If you need help finding a counselor or support group,
contact your doctor or the National Multiple Sclerosis
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March 12, 2014
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