Dealing with disability is a challenge for everyone involved, but none so much as the person directly affected by it. Some diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, have a dramatic effect on personal outlook.
Just hearing the words can be crushing to self-esteem and motivation, but I am here to tell you not to lose hope!
There is no reason to let multiple sclerosis control your life. In fact, an estimated 1 out of every 1000 people suffer from the disease, and 65% of the people who have been diagnosed are non-working (able to move about without aid). Only 33% use mobility aids.
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
“Multiple sclerosis” literally means multiple scars. The scars are destroyed myelin, which insulates the brain and spine. It degenerates over time.
The severity of the scarring determines whether or not the messages your brain sends to your body are received. It’s like damaged insulation around electrical wiring.
If the insulated cover is broken or missing the chances of a short are more likely. The more severe the exposure the higher the chances of malfunction.
Some who suffer from MS have severe back pain, but there are ways to deal with the pain.
Minimizing Multiple Sclerosis With Exercise
Being diagnosed with the disease does not mean the end of your life! In fact a number of people continue to live successful lives by making a few adjustments to their living habits.
Exercise! Whether your stage of multiple sclerosis is advanced or not, there is no reason exercise is out of your hands. In fact it could help slow down the progress of the disease, and in some rare cases the scarred myelin can regenerate.
While you shouldn’t hold your breath on the same result, a little exercise never hurt. It increases metabolic rates and energy and decreases stress.
There are some great chair workouts that help keep the juices pumping without straining muscles to stay on your feet. Read more about cardio, strength training, and flexibility routines that work for everyone of every age and every level of mobility, improving health and wellness.
When beginning such routines it is important to start slow, do not strain the body, and stay safe. Getting into a routine that quickly becomes too much for your body will not help you maintain the routine over time. Ease yourself into it with baby steps and you will reach the end result you desire.
Live Your Life
If you are still mobile and your doctor approves, keep up with your tennis practice. You might have to cut back on the lessons a little, but it doesn’t mean you need to stop. If you enjoy crafts, keep on enjoying them.
Those who have a more advanced stage of multiple sclerosis often purchase lightweight wheelchairs to make mobility easier. However, very few people have MS so extreme that they are completely confined to a chair.
If you do need a chair to help you get around, it is helpful to get a lightweight chair because you will need to be able to transport the wheelchair throughout your day.
If you have questions about multiple sclerosis seek help from professionals. Help is available both online and locally for your convenience. Never be afraid to ask for help!
As long as you keep trying and remain optimistic, this change in your life does not have to alter your core identity.
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