Your Doctor-Visit Prep Toolbox
To help you have a more meaningful and productive doctor visit, here are tools, trackers, and preparation tips for your next appointment. Recording multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms and other aspects of your condition will make it easier for you to ask smart questions and develop a deeper understanding of MS, its symptoms and treatments, and how you can partner with your healthcare providers to better manage your condition.
Doctor Discussion Guide
Preparing for your next appointment will ensure you have a better, more productive conversation with your doctor. Use this handy guide to record your symptoms, note any significant changes, and share information with your doctor.
Dutifully recording your MS symptoms over time can help you and your doctor detect patterns in disease activity. Using this Symptom Diary, and being as detailed as possible, can help you can identify trends, zero in on triggers and help you take charge of your condition. Sharing and discussing this information with your doctor will help the two of you make informed decisions about your future treatment.
Keeping an up-to-date record of your medications gives you and your doctor valuable insight into what’s working and what may not be. Tracking the drugs you’re taking helps reduce medication risks and may help you avoid side effects and drug allergies.
Managing Stress and Tracking Your Moods
Effective stress management can keep your mood stable and may have a positive impact on your symptoms. Tracking your stress triggers and moods will also help you identify patterns, and adopting stress relievers and mood boosting strategies could positively affect your quality of life.
Eating nutritious foods as part of a balanced diet is key to staying healthy and strong for anyone living with a chronic condition. Making a few small dietary changes may even ease some of your symptoms. Check out these healthy eating tips.
Physical activity can ease many MS symptoms and is a crucial part of helping you perform daily activities more easily. Mental activities can enhance cognitive functions, while balance and isolation exercises can help with body awareness and coordination. Here are some activity tips and exercise suggestions to get you started.
Caregivers carry a lot of responsibility and face many challenges, large and small. From time to time, every caregiver needs support to recharge. This self-care advice will help you maintain your personal well-being and relationships while you’re taking care of your loved one.