5 Tips for Managing Advanced Multiple Sclerosis
As your multiple sclerosis progresses, you’ll find a new set of challenges to overcome. This is the time to use all the resources available to you and review treatment options with your healthcare providers. Being proactive in your treatment will ensure you get the best care and can stay up to date with all the latest advancements in therapies and medications. We’ve put together a list of five tips to help manage advanced MS based on information from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
We know that MS is a highly unpredictable disease and that the progression can differ greatly from one patient to another, but using your own history with the condition, you should be able to make plans for when things get worse down the line.
Putting plans and strategies in place now will save you time and stress later.
There are always options for patients with advanced multiple sclerosis and new treatments and therapies are being approved all the time. If your doctor can’t suggest alternatives for you, then find a different doctor.
Keep up to date with all the latest news about MS so you can make informed choices about your future treatment.
Many patients begin to lose confidence in themselves as the disease progresses and they worry about losing their independence. Instead, look to embrace assistive technology and realize that this will give you a lot of your independence back—you’ll simply be doing things in a different way.
Join a local support group or an online MS community. These can offer the kind of support that sometimes friends and family are unable to. Speaking to people who are going through (or have been through) your experiences can be great in helping you deal with both the practical and the emotional side of MS.
If you’re in a wheelchair or have reduced mobility you may be more at risk of osteoporosis and pressure or bed sores. In addition, advanced MS patients are also more at risk of bladder and kidney infections, and aspiration pneumonia. Speak to your healthcare team about the best ways to avoid these and other MS complications.
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