Living With Multiple Sclerosis
Living with multiple sclerosis, or MS, presents a set of challenges because MS can be debilitating. Multiple sclerosis, is a condition which can affect the spinal cord and/or the brain. MS can cause a wide range of symptoms including issues with movement, balance and sensation, and vision problems.
MS is a lifelong condition which sometimes causes serious disabilities. Although, it should be noted that MS can be mild occasionally. In many cases of MS, it is possible to treat symptoms.
MS is most commonly diagnosed in people when they are in their 20s and 30s, but the condition can develop at any age.
Women are around two to three times more likely to be diagnosed with MS than men. Those with the condition have a slightly reduced life expectancy.
The challenges of living with multiple sclerosis
Coming to terms with a diagnosis of MS can place a strain on you, your friends, and your family. It might feel hard to talk to people about the condition, even if they are close to you.
Coping with the deterioration of symptoms like tremors and increased difficulty with movement might make people with MS feel very frustrated or depressed.
To ease the challenges of living with multiple sclerosis, make sure that you have an excellent support system in place. This will help lessen the strain on you and your family. And try to keep the lines of communication open between the sufferer and care givers at all times.
Caring for seniors with multiple sclerosis
There are very specific challenges involved in living with multiple sclerosis at an advanced age. These include an increase in mobility and capability issues. For this reason, it is important to have a customized care and rehabilitation plan in place.
For many sufferers of MS at an advanced age, home care or family care are no longer viable options. Here at Fairview Rehab, we have extensive experience in caring for seniors with MS. Please get in touch to find out how we can help you make your own customized plan.
Living with multiple sclerosis presents a number of safety concerns because the disease affects the central nervous system. These safety issues range from driving a car to keeping track of medications and avoiding falls. Key safety issues to pay attention to include
- Medication schedules – missed medications many trigger a relapse in symptoms.
- At home hazards.
- Driving hazards.
- Getting overheated.
How to stop multiple sclerosis from getting worse
There is no real way to halt the progression of the disease. But maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, a balanced diet, and avoiding complicating lifestyle factors such as obesity and smoking can go some way toward stopping MS from getting worse.
Sufferers should aim to prevent flair ups of the disease by:
- Quitting smoking
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating right
- Taking all medications as prescribed
- Getting plenty of rest and relaxation time
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with MS, you may need to adapt your life somewhat. But with proper care and support, many people with the condition lead active, healthy, and long lives.
Living with multiple sclerosis can certainly be tough. Get in touch with us to find out how we at Fairview Rehab and Nursing Home in Queens, NY, can help provide support and care.