Tips for Living With MS

Take advantage of easy lifestyle changes to ease your multiple sclerosis symptoms. Some of the keys to a smoother day: Improve your sleep habits, eat healthy food, and get smart with technology.

Get Better Rest

  • Take a nap to fight fatigue, but no more than 2 hours. Longer than that might keep you up at night.
  • To fall asleep easier, listen to relaxing music before you get into bed.
  • To sleep better at night, try meditation, deep breathing, or yoga during the day.
  • Do you wake up at night with a need to go? Skip that glass of water before bed.

Watch What You Eat and Drink

  • For an energy boost, instead of three big meals a day eat several smaller ones packed with nutrients.
  • Eat low-fat, high-fiber foods to help prevent heart disease and diabetes, which make MS worse.
  • To keep your bladder under better control, cut back on coffee. It increases your urge to go.
  • Travel safely: Stay hydrated on vacation, but be cautious about local water and raw foods.

Put Gadgets to Work for You

  • Put a fan at your desk to keep cool while you work.
  • Get a motorized scooter to make shopping easier.
  • Put hand controls in your car so you can speed up and apply the brakes without using your feet.
  • Is food prep a real chore? Use electric can openers and forks and knives with easy-grip handles.
  • Don't let the heat make you tired. Wear a cooling vest when you go outside in the summer.
  • Wear lightweight shoes with good tread to avoid falling while you're out for a walk.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on May 05, 2019

Sources

Sumowski, J. Neurology, June 2010.

National MS Society: "Fatigue," "Food for Thought," "Nutrition," "Vitamins, Minerals & Herbs in MS," "Maintain Good Nutrition!" "Prepare Your Own Meals," "How to Choose the Mobility Device that is Right for You."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Cooling and Assistive Equipment."

Multiple Sclerosis International Foundation: "Fatigue."

Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Treating and Managing Fatigue."

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: "Heat sensitivity."

National Sclerosis Society UK: "Home Adaptations."

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