Cover Story: Managing the Physical Symptoms of MS

Strategies to help to minimize the more visible symptoms of MS and improve your quality of life

Compiled and Edited by Susan Wells Courtney
Reviewed by Jack Burks, MD

In the Winter/Spring 2013 issue of The Motivator, the cover story provided information and strategies for managing the “hidden” or “invisible” symptoms of MS. This referred to symptoms such as pain, fatigue, sleep issues, cognitive changes, and visual problems.

In this second part of a three-part series, we address some of the more visible physical symptoms of MS. These include mobility issues, spasticity, tremor and balance, bladder and bowel problems, sexual dysfunction, difficulties with speech and swallowing, and weakness. In our next issue of The Motivator, we will discuss how to best manage the emotional changes that occur with MS.

These sections have been written and reviewed by top MS experts who are members of MSAA’s Healthcare Advisory Council, and then reviewed again by MSAA’s Chief Medical Officer Jack Burks, MD. Please note that while specific treatment strategies and medications are listed, this information may not be considered as specific medical recommendations or advice. The details provided in this article are for informational purposes only, and readers are strongly urged to see their physician before making any changes to their treatment regimen, exercise routine, or any other aspect of their healthcare or lifestyle.