Managing your multiple sclerosis

Improve the quality of your life by managing your multiple sclerosis.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Multiple sclerosis (MS) has no cure, but you can enjoy a good quality of life through careful management. Try these strategies to reduce the challenges of living with MS.

  • Maintain a balanced diet. Eating a healthy diet can help you manage your weight, keep your immune system working well and maintain bone health.
  • Stay cool. The symptoms of MS may worsen as your body temperature rises. Activities that lower your body temperature — sipping cool drinks, staying in cool or air-conditioned rooms, and running cool water over your wrists — may help you feel better.
  • Keep active. If you have mild to moderate MS, making exercise a regular part of your life may help you stay active. Walking, swimming in cool water, weight training and other activities can help you increase strength and muscle tone, improve balance and coordination, and reduce fatigue and depression.
  • Reduce stress. Stress can trigger or worsen your symptoms, so make relaxation activities such as meditation, breathing exercises, tai chi, listening to calming music and massage a regular part of your life.
  • Manage your sleep. Fatigue makes it harder to enjoy life. Plan your schedule to get a full night's sleep, and allow time to rest during the day.
Mar. 19, 2014 See more In-depth