Sunday, October 20, 2013

BECAUSE OF MS FATIGUE: LEARNING TO LET OTHERS HELP IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ADJUSTMENTS YOU CAN MAKE

HERE'S A FEW OF MY MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS TIPS FROM BONNY SCOTLAND FOR YOU!

Hi everyone my name is Mary and I live in bonny Scotland where the ducks love it as there is rain, rain and more rain.

My nickname is Mayjay which I like to be known as.

Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) or you’re caring for someone with MS, you’re not alone in your MS journey.

I find it can help to have a loved one or friend with you when speaking to the MS doctor as it can be a lot to take in.

Don’t delay MS treatment after receiving a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, it’s important to start MS treatment as soon as possible. There are now number of FDA-approved medications that have
been shown to “modify” or slow down the progression of MS and lessen the frequency and severity on MS attacks your doctor will go through what they thinks best treatment for you. Keep track of your MS symptoms. Keep a record of your MS symptoms and how you are feeling will help your doctor determine how your MS is progressing and weather the medications you are taking are working. This will also help your doctor recognize a relapse, which is a characterized by a worsening of previous symptoms or the appearance of a new symptom that lasts more the 24 hours. You’re not alone let others help.

 Because of MS-related fatigue, you may find you need help from friends and family members every so often. In fact, learning to let others help is one of the most important adjustments you can make as you manage your relapse MS over time.

To start, you may want to ask a friend or a family member to be your MS care partner. You could even build a care partner team. Your care partner can help with:

•    Take notes at your doctor visits
•    Remind you to take your medication
•    Help you with your weekly injections
• Help you keep your insurance coverage on track depending where you live.
•    Be there to listen when you just need to talk It’s important your friends and family learn as much as possible about MS. How you are affected physically or maybe mentally so they can give the right love and care you need through your MS journey.

MS symptoms are unpredictable no two people have exactly the same MS symptoms, and you may have different symptoms from time to time. MS symptoms can include numbness, blurred vision, and loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, extreme fatigue, problems with memory, bladder dysfunction, paralysis, blindness, and more. But these symptoms are unpredictable. “Over the course of the disease, some MS symptoms will come and go, while others may be long lasting. It is different for each person.

Learn as much as possible about MS. You doctor can provide you with the latest facts about MS and what your prognosis may be. Your doctors can put you in contacted with other reliable sources like The National MS Society. MS attacks the central nerve system (made up of the brain, spinal cord) controls all of your body’s actions. When MS damages the nerve fibers that carry messages to and from your brain, symptoms can occur in any of the body. First you had to go through the test for diagnosis maybe included magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), evoked potentials (EP), and spinal fluid analysis (spinal tap) and as you will know it can be a waiting game.

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