5 Tips To Help You Manage Your MS Symptoms
Updated: Dec 27, 2019
MS is an unpredictable disease that looks different on everyone. No two people share the same symptoms, however, there are a handful of symptoms that are commonly shared among people who have it.
Based on personal experience and extensive research, I have put together a list of remedies that can help ease stubborn symptoms and get you back to enjoying your life!
Fatigue is one of the most common symptom of MS, whether it is known or not. Identifying fatigue can be complicated depending on it's severity but one thing is for sure, it is definitely uncomfortable and inconvenient. Here are a couple of ways to minimize your exhaustion and help you carry on:
For starters, recognize what time of the day you have your most energy and plan around that! When you have activities to do for the day and you know that by 2PM you have the most energy, save that energy for the things that require more from you!
Organizing and dividing your tasks into sections helps to take the load off of the act of doing the entire task. For example, cleaning the house - take it one room at a time and allow yourself breaks to identify the accomplishment you made.
I know when I was growing up I used to think that naps were only for old people, but GIRL, I was so wrong. 15-20 minute naps are an awesome way to get yourself recharged for the rest of the day!
2. Muscle Spasms
Another common symptom among people with MS, (and roller skaters, imo) is sore muscles and muscle spasms. Muscles tend to get overworked whether we feel it or not and they become sore and tight. There are a couple of ways to combat achy and bothersome muscles:
On and off ice/heat compresses will help to reduce the swelling and inflammation as well as stimulate blood flow.
You can always take over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drugs that will reduce pain and swelling.
My favorite - get a massage! If you have an extra $60 lying around, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a well-worth-it hour massage at your favorite spot. Thank me later. 😜
3. Brain Fog or Memory Loss
MS has a funny way of getting inside your head. (That was a joke lol) Because it creates scar tissue and nerve damage, it is likely for people with MS to experience memory loss and difficulties concentrating. Here are a few tips to try:
Believe it or not, staying active and living an active lifestyle is an essential part to retaining memory and keeping focus. That's one reason I chose to roller skate, because it's a fun way to sweat and work out!
Honestly, this one is a hard one for me, but staying organized and keeping a journal, calendar, or simply writing things down REALLY helps with memory if you know yours is not the best! I like to set alarms and alerts on my iPhone to help me remember my important things like taking my medicine and when to take the damn fish out of the oven! 🤣
4. Bladder Incontinence/Control Issues
While this is not something I experience directly, I know a few people who have mentioned it as a symptom of their MS and I did some research and thought I'd share my findings for those who need it:
If you're addicted to coffee (or even alcohol 🤷🏾♀️) you might wanna limit your intake of these. Both coffee and alcohol are known to possibly irritate the bladder and you don't want to make this situation any worse! Try to drink plenty of water and fluids, but watch out! Make sure to intake lots of fluids when you know you'll be home for a while or near a restroom!
This one can be challenging, but if you're upping your water intake like we discussed, you should probably be emptying your bladder every two hours. Also, it will be beneficial to you to limit the amount of fluids you drink before bedtime so that you're not rushing to the restroom in the middle of the night!
Keep an eye on the color of your urine! Your urine should be a bright, clear yellow - this always signifies a healthy hydrated bladder. When your urine is dark yellow, this signifies you may be dehydrated and should consider ingesting more water.
5. Heat Intolerance
Hot weather is nothing to play around with! People with MS are not fans of warm temperatures as they have the ability to affect our health. Here are some simple ways to cool down when things are getting too hot for ya 😆:
During times of high heat, like the summer time, it's probably smartest to stay in well air-conditioned areas to prevent over-heating and other health risks.
Staying hydrated with lots of ice-cold fluids will also help to keep your body temperature from reaching dangerous levels. My favorite is eating Popsicles!
If you're like me and too stubborn to stay indoors because you're living that active lifestyle, purchase a cooling product, such as the Koldtec cooling towel, to take with you on the go and keep you cool in high temps!
I hope you can find these tips useful! Like and subscribe for more articles on MS related topics and roller skating!