If you're like so many others with multiple sclerosis (MS), you're doing whatever it takes to live life and manage symptoms as best as possible.
Don't let MS define you—it's time to change the conversation around MS by starting one about secondary progressive MS (SPMS).
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PROACTIVE WITH MS
Studies have shown that the earlier you address your changing symptoms, the better chance you may have of slowing the rate of progression. Because MS progresses over time, taking a "wait and see" approach can make it harder to manage down the road. That's why it's so important to learn how to identify and get in front of progression.
KEEP TRACK OF
CHANGES IN MS SYMPTOMS
It's important to notice how your or your loved one's MS changes over time and to have an honest conversation with a doctor about it. The SPMS Conversation Starter can help. With it, you can
Reflect on and assess how MS is affecting you or your loved one now compared to 6 to 12 months ago
React to what you and your care partner have observed and use those observations to spark a conversation with your doctor
Plan what to do next to stay ahead of progressing MS
SPARK A CONVERSATION
It's natural to have questions—even questions that may lead to difficult answers. But if something feels different about your MS, talking with your doctor can help the two of you make a plan to manage your changing condition.
MAKE HEALTHY HABITS
A healthy lifestyle is important for everyone—but it's especially important if you have MS. Your diet, physical activity, sleep, stress management, and more can affect your symptoms and influence how you feel overall.
Research is beginning to show that healthy lifestyle changes may help improve managing MS and its symptoms, even if your condition is progressing.
Some healthy habits include
Following a diet focused on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fish and lean protein; avoiding salt, processed foods, and alcohol
Getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, and resting as much as needed throughout the day (even taking short, frequent naps if you need)
Meditating or practicing yoga to relieve stress
Taking prescribed medicines and/or vitamin supplements regularly, as recommended by your doctor or nutritionist
Doing nonimpact exercises such as swimming or physical therapy, as recommend by your doctor
There are healthy lifestyle choices
you can make to positively support progressive MS.
To stay in the know about what else you can do,
or what to avoid, sign up today.
CARE PARTNER CORNER
Being proactive may help you ease a lot of frustration down the road. Communicate openly with your loved one and his or her doctor.
Tell them both what you've seen and heard. Let the doctor know what you've talked about with your loved one. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Together, you, your loved one, and his or her doctor can come up with a plan that everyone agrees on.SIGN UP FOR MORE PROACTIVE TIPS
Look for more care partner tips throughout this site.