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What's Your First Self-Care Remedy During an MS Relapse?

Medically reviewed by George Krucik, MD MBA on April 14, 2016Written by Mary Baucom

You’re in the middle of an MS relapse and looking for relief. Where do you turn? Do you attempt one of your tried and true remedies that proved to be helpless last time? Do you call your doctor and plead for another option? Or do you just try to ignore everything else and suffer through it?

While everyone will have different symptoms, sometimes the best solution is asking others what they do during a flare-up. Take a look at what our Living with Multiple Sclerosis Facebook community says works for them.

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“Sleep, Netflix, steroids, and chocolate.” – Dawn Walker, Perth Amboy, New Jersey

ms self remedies

“Yoga, lots and lots of it.” – Natalie Lorber, Willoughby, Ohio

ms self remedies

“The only self-care I can do besides what my Dr. prescribes is sleep.” – Jennifer Piro Kunz, Burlington, New Jersey

ms self remedies

“For me, when I get numbness and tingling either in my hands or feet, it’s a sign of dehydration. So I make sure to drink lots of cold water and it goes away in a couple hours.” – Priscilla Castillo, Miami, Florida

ms self remedies

“Not becoming stressed, angry, sad, or frustrated.” – Shawna Jones, Bastrap, Texas

ms self remedies

“Not being afraid to ask for help. It took me a long time to figure out it is ok to let others help. I was hardheaded for many years. I am blessed and grateful to have such an incredible support team of family, friends, neighbors, and doctors too.” – Felicia Diaz Houk, Spring Valley, Nevada

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“Allow myself to release a few tears. Know that it will pass. Remember what works and always remain open to new options.” – Dawn Smith, Cincinnati, Ohio

ms self remedies

“Sleep, massage, and stretching.” – Stephanie Hitch-Swallows, Indianapolis, Indiana

ms self remedies

“Epsom salt baths!” – Adriane M. Arkfeld, Omaha, Nebraska

ms self remedies

“Sleep and anything to de-stress (or try).” – Robin Leigh Durochia, Parkersburg, West Virginia

ms self remedies

“Steroids if I have to, but Acthar Gel is my usual if I can’t wait it out.” – Jacqui Trout, Sullivan County, New York

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