With Multiple Sclerosis, there will be days when you are feeling quite well and there are days when you are not feeling okay. There will be bouts of symptoms which may occur at anytime of the day, several days at a time during when these symptoms may not feel the same as they were yesterday. They may be much worse or they may be totally different. To help you cope with the irregular changes in the symptoms and their severity, we have prepared the following tips:
Practice deep breathing Sometimes the only relief you will get is the ability to control your breathing. So try doing deep breathing. Fill in your lungs with as much air as you could and slowly exhale.
Improve your strength If your body allows it, do some strength training. Though the fatigue you are experiencing roots from neural dysfunction, it would still help to augment your sometimes incapacitated body with building some lean muscles.
Avail some counseling Whether it’s over the phone or face-to-face, counseling still works well in providing emotional and psychological assistance to the patient. Sometimes, these are the only things that can relieve the sufferer from the physiological and psychological tolls of multiple sclerosis.
Do some creative visualization A number of MS patients do this and many of them agree that it can help. Creative visualization is the process of creating mental images that may elicit various sensations. A good exercise is to imagine that you are bound by something, say rubber bands. One by one, try to mentally visualize that you are removing these bands from yourself. Be sure to incorporate and be sensitive to the sensations associated with this exercise.
Address your physical problems with physical therapy Try improving your balance, the pain you experience, your body’s lack of coordination, the weakness of your limbs, and your muscular spasms through the help of a physical therapist.
Don’t rely on a wheelchair As much as possible, refrain from using aids such as crutches and wheelchairs. For most patients, these are unnecessary; it should be the same for you. Instead, allow your legs, hips and lower back to develop strength.
Inquire about steroids If your symptoms include blurriness or pain in the eyes, ask your doctor about steroids. These should help relieve the discomforts.
Try the alternatives Consider alternative medicines and treatments. These may not be backed by scientific studies, nonetheless, there are anecdotal evidences that they work in the management of this condition and its symptoms.
Seek the help of your counselor concerning your home/place of work There should be no second guessing on this. Your home or workplace must be safe for you at all times. Seek a counselor to give you guidance.
Seek help- There are pharmaceutical companies, support groups and organizations that can help you with respect to your treatments. There are also organizations that provide financial help. Do not hesitate to approach them.
Frustrated and stressed out? There are stress management techniques and stress therapies available at your disposal. Sometimes, they do not cost a penny. Try to incorporate them in your treatment options.
Exercise Keeping an active body may divert your attention from the pain.
There is so much you can do with your condition so there is no reason for you to give in to suffering. Seek your options, now.