Having Multiple Sclerosis could mean that you may have to make some life adjustments. You should still be able to lead an active life and carry on doing the things you enjoy.
Disease modifying drugs can interact with different parts of your immune system and help to calm down inflammation which can cause relapses. This helps to slow down the rate of relapses and also the severity of the relapse.
Your neurologist can prescribe you with a course of drug therapies which are suited to your needs and they will also monitor your progress. It is important to take into consideration that not everyone will respond in the same way after taking a certain drug. Any questions that you may have concerning drug therapy should be directed towards your neurologist.
Herbal medicines to forms of exercise or manipulation have been shown to have benefits for many people living with MS.
These therapies are used to control the symptoms of MS as well as improve flexibility and mobility. Similar to disease modifying drugs, it is important to find out which therapy will work best for you and this can depend on the symptoms and severity of your MS.
Some of these therapies include:
– Massage therapy
Diet and nutrition
Research has been carried out, but whether or not your diet and nutrition has an impact on your MS is still unclear. If you are having difficulty maintaining a healthy diet then you may want to contact your GP, who can put you in touch with a dietician.
It is common for those with MS to show deficiencies in vitamin D, magnesium, zinc and essential fatty acids. The body relies on nutrients in order to function properly and effectively.
Supplements are suggested for those who have Multiple Sclerosis. They can help to:
– Absorb nutrients from our food
– Strengthen the immune system
– Reduce inflammation
– Improve nerve signals
– Reduce fatigue and give you more energy
The main supplements which are suggested are vitamin D, omega 3 and omega 6 oils, calcium and magnesium.
Exercise can improve your general health, sense of well-being, strength, flexibility and muscle tone. Due to the general fatigue levels that can often come with MS, people assume that exercise is not a sensible option for them if they have multiple sclerosis. However, even if you do suffer from fatigue, then exercise could actually provide you with higher energy levels and many exercises can be carried out from a mobile position.
The following forms of exercise are likely to be beneficial for those with MS:
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