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 walk.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by William Blahd, MD on April 19, 2017

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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