March is Multiple Sclerosis month. Accredited Home Care is always bringing medical awareness to your life and that includes how to get the most out of live while living with MS.
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
MS is an auto-immune disease that affects the myelin surrounding the nerves in your body. There is no specific test to affirm diagnosis, no cure and no given set of symptoms that must always be present.
- Approximately 2.5 million cases diagnosed worldwide
- 400,000+ cases diagnosed in the United States
- 200 cases are newly diagnosed every week in the United States
- Symptoms are treated with various medications
- Some medications prescribed to slow down the process of myelin deterioration
- People in the northern states are more likely to be affected by MS than those in the southern states
- MS is more prominent in women than men 2:1
- Having an identical twin with MS increases your risk by 30%
- There is no definitive test that can diagnose MS; however, physicians can determine that you do not have other health issues that may present with some of the MS symptoms and sometimes confirm brain plaques with a series of MRIs.
- People with other auto-immune diseases are at a slightly risk for being diagnosed with MS
Living with MS
There are some things that you can do in order to make life better while dealing with MS.
- Neurology Visits – It is important to find a neurologist who works specifically with MS patients and continue to make regular visits regularly. Your neurologist will know how to make the most of living with MS.
- Caregiving Help – Because severe fatigue can often be a common symptom of MS, it is important to have additional help in order to relieve you of taxing your body too much. A helping hand at home can help you both physically and mentally.
- Stress – Reducing stress when you have MS is very important to living a healthier lifestyle. This booklet from the MS Foundation can help you learn how to reduce your stress.
- Emotional Health/Mood – MS can affect your mental health dramatically; commonly causing depression and causing stress in your life. It is important to be in control of both the disease and your own emotional health while dealing with MS.
- Exercise – Like most health issues, exercise tends to help increase your quality of life when diagnosed with MS. While it may seem hard to do, there are a number of MS oriented Yoga, exercise, water exercise and other types of exercise courses offered.
There is no question that if you or someone you love is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis it is frightening at first; however, with the help of loved ones, healthcare providers and companies like Accredited you can continue to live a full and happy life.
Healthline – Multiple Sclerosis Statistics
MS Society – https://www.nationalmssociety.org/
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