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Doctor’s Whiteboard: Don’t Let MS Slow You Down (Video Transcript)

Multiple Sclerosis is a complicated and often misunderstood condition, and if you or a loved one is dealing MS, then you probably have a lot of unanswered questions about how this disease may impact your life.

MS affects the central nervous system, making it sometimes difficult for the brain to send and receive messages from the body. Some people may experience fatigue or dizziness while others may experience issues with eyesight or sensitivity. There are actually a vast number of symptoms associated with MS, and everyone’s experience is unique.

The most common form of MS is called “relapsing-remitting,” where the symptoms periodically come and go. But MS is a progressive disease, and the severity of symptoms often increase over time and can eventually affect a person’s ability to work, study, or be as active as they would like.

The good news is that doctors have more tools than ever to help treat MS. And along with treatment, changing your exercise habits and diet can help keep symptoms under control.

When MS flairs up, your doctor may prescribe medications to treat specific symptoms, such as pain or weakness. Your treatment may also include medications that target the underlying causes of MS. These treatments help prevent the disease from damaging nerves and can help many patients remain symptom-free for extended periods of time.

Regular exercise, such as indoor or outdoor cycling, yoga, and strength training, has been shown to help ease MS symptoms as well as combat fatigue and depression. Watching your diet and maintaining an optimal body weight are also important in promoting mobility and easing strain on muscles and joints.

The most important things you can do to take control of your MS are, first, sticking with your treatment plan and, second, not letting MS define you or get you down. Treating MS early, working with your doctor, and staying active are key to maintaining the best quality of life.

If you’re interested in knowing more about treating Multiple Sclerosis, take a look at the information we have here at Healthline or make an appointment with your doctor.