Peforming Household Chores with Muliple Sclerosis

Published 10/25/11


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Doing every day tasks can be a challenge when you live with MS.   Here are some tips on handling hou

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Hi. My name is Amy Gerowitz. I've had MS for 23 years, and I'm here to tell you some things you may want to know now that you've been diagnosed. Because we all live with different versions of this disease, it's kind of hard to give a set list for how to cope with MS relapses. So, I'll just give you a few things that I use. The first thing is don't push yourself. Divide out your day, and plan it so that you give yourself a rest in between the things that may require more energy. Do things in stages. When I unload the dishwasher, can be an hour affair. I can unload the top section and go for a break, and then unload the bottom section. These things really make the chores that can take a lot out of you, simpler. The other thing to do is nap. I was once told that when you nap, your neural networking actually regroups, and I have found that just a 15 minutes nap can really recharge me, and it helps me think more clearly for the rest of the day. Embrace your clutter. Try to keep in mind, that what you may not be able to pick up today, you may be able to pick up tomorrow. So, try not to stress about it. Stress makes your MS worse anyway. We're talking about household responsibilities here, but really this applies to everything. I plan my day with rests in between and I don't push myself. When it comes down to it, the best thing to do is embrace the proverbial clutter. MS really helps you prioritize your life. The important things rise to the surface, while the insignificant is cast away. And that's how I see it as an expert in MS. I also recommend that you reach out to your doctor for more details, or go to Google and type in "multiple sclerosis treatment options" for more information.

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