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You have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease of the brain, the spinal cord, or both. MS involves the destruction of the covering of the nerves (myelin sheath). When the nerves are damaged, messages from the brain are not transmitted very well. You may not be able to move your body as well as you did before, and you may lose some of your ability to feel things, such as heat or cold. Here are some things you can do to feel better.
Get plenty of rest. Fatigue is a common symptom of MS.
Plan your activities in advance.
Avoid excessive heat.
Use a cane or other aid to help you get around and conserve energy, if needed.
Exercise. Aerobic exercise may improve your strength, muscle tone, balance, and coordination.
Take your medication exactly as directed by your doctor. Don’t skip doses.
Use hot tubs or long hot baths with caution. If you soak too long in hot water, your muscles may become weak. Don’t get in a hot tub unless there’s someone nearby who can pull you out if necessary.
If you become overheated and your symptoms get worse, cool down for a few hours. This will help you return to normal.
Consider installing an air-conditioning system in your home if you don’t already have one.
Eat a well-balanced diet. Talk to your doctor about taking vitamins.
Eat a diet high in fiber.
Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day, unless directed otherwise.
Use an over-the-counter laxative as directed by your doctor.
Let your doctor know:
About any pain you are having
About any sexual issues you are having
If you laugh or cry inapprpriately (such as cry when you are really happy)
If you feel sad or depressed
If you lose your urine (incontinence)
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:
Extreme fatigue or increasing weakness
New neurologic symptoms, such as weakness or numbness in the face, arms, or legs
Double vision or loss of vision
Trouble urinating or change in the color or odor of your urine
Fever over 100.4°F (38.0°C)