Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Home Treatment
If you have
multiple sclerosis (MS), it is important to find ways
of coping with the practical and emotional demands of the disease. These are
different for everyone, so home treatment varies from person to person.
Home treatment may involve making it easier to get around your home,
depression, handling specific symptoms, and getting
support from your family and friends.
- Modify your home to keep it safe and easy to get around. For example, to help prevent falls, install grab bars in the bathroom and don't use throw rugs. And try adjusting your daily schedule so that
your routine is less stressful or tiring.
- Be active, either on your
own or with the help of a physical therapist.
- Get help with urination problems. At some
time, most people with MS have bladder problems. Your doctor may
prescribe a medicine to help you.
- Avoid getting overheated. Increased body temperature can
temporarily make your symptoms worse. Use an air conditioner, keep your home
somewhat cool, and avoid hot swimming pools and hot tubs. During warm or hot
weather, exercise in an air-conditioned area rather than outdoors.
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables,
grains, cereals, legumes, poultry, fish, lean meats, and low-fat dairy
products. A balanced diet for a person who has MS is the same as that
recommended for most healthy adults.
- Change how and what you eat if you are having problems
- Thicker drinks make swallowing easier. Try
milk shakes or juices in gelatin form.
- Avoid foods such as crackers
or cakes that crumble easily. These can cause choking.
- Soft foods
need less chewing. Use a blender to prepare food for easiest
- Eat frequent, small meals to avoid fatigue from eating
Ask your doctor about physical therapy and occupational therapy to help you manage at work and home.
- Multiple Sclerosis: Rehabilitation Programs
Make all efforts to preserve your health. Proper diet,
rest, wise use of energy, and practical and emotional support from your family,
friends, and doctor can all be very helpful.
advice about coping with MS at home, contact the National Multiple Sclerosis
Society at www.nationalmssociety.org.