1 / 11 Living a Fuller Life With MS
Multiple sclerosis is often unpredictable for the more than 400,000 people in the United States who live with the condition. Because symptoms can vary from day to day (you may be feeling too fatigued to even walk out of the house one day, but completely fine the next), living with this progressive, immune-mediated disorder can be particularly challenging.
But if you rely on a few simple strategies along with your treatment plan, you can take charge of your disease, says Rosalind Kalb, PhD, vice president of the Professional Resource Center at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS). These 10 tips can help you manage your MS more effectively.
2 / 11 Have a Backup Plan
MS symptoms can flare up when you least expect them, so whether your to-do list includes work responsibilities, taking care of your family, or both, always have a contingency plan in place in case you are unable to maintain your normal routine.
For example, create a list of friends, neighbors, or other parents who can pick up your kids from school if necessary. Prearrange a number of days when you can work from home in case you’re unable to make the regular commute. The key is to make these arrangements before you need them, so no one is surprised.