6 Multiple Sclerosis Tips, Tools, and Apps
Elinor Nauen | July 10, 2017
Helpful tips for an easier life with MS
There are many ways to make your life with MS work better and more efficiently, from getting more sleep, to using assistive devices, and tech solutions. Here are a few that that you may want to try.
Eat to beat MS
Nerve damage is caused by inflammation, which occurs in MS when the body’s own immune cells attack the nervous system. Some diet choices—oily fish (salmon, sardines, tuna), tea, strawberries, almonds, carrots, onions, and broccoli—may help decrease inflammation. The Inflammation Factor Tracker (for iOS and Android) provides recipes and nutrition information for many foods.
Get more ZZZs
Sleep problems often accompany MS, and when you feel fatiqued you’re not at your best. The National Sleep Foundation offers many helpful suggestions for improving the quality and quantity of your shut-eye. Among them: stick to regular sleep schedule, adopt a soothing bedtime ritual, and exercise every day.
Use technology to your advantage
Assistive devices can improve efficiency and mobility, and help you conserve your energy. Some examples are wheels on a laundry cart, a mobility scooter, a long-handled vacuum cleaner, and countertop appliances that reduce the need to stoop or reach. For more great ideas, check out Assistive Devices for Living With MS.
Manage everything in one app
My MS Manager is a free app (Android, iOS) you can use to store medical information and track disease activity, including symptoms and treatments.
Physical, occupational, vocational, and speech-language therapy can improve many functions when you have MS. Physical therapy could help improve walking and small muscle hand control, for example, and occupational therapy could help you achieve greater independence. For more info, check out the National MS Society.
Know your rights
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is designed to make sure that people don’t face job and other discrimination based on a health condition. The Job Accommodation Network offers practical suggestions to help your employer determine effective accommodations and comply with the ADA. Examples include allowing you to work flexible hours; providing memory aids for you, such as schedulers or organizers; and designing an ergonomic workstation.