MS can cause different types of pain, depending on whether it’s rooted in nerve, muscle, or movement problems. Work with your doctor to find the best treatment approach for you. Newer non-narcotic prescription pain medications can give you relief without risks of dependency. Ask whether hot or cold packs and massage are recommended. Explore different methods of managing pain, such as breathing exercises, meditation, hypnosis, and biofeedback.
6. Bladder Problems
At least 80% of people with MS experience bladder problems, such as frequent urination, sudden urges to go, and urine leaks. Establish a routine of urinating every two to four hours, and plan to drink fluids an hour or two before these bathroom breaks. Limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol. Ask your doctor about medication.
People with MS often deal with constipation. Be sure to drink enough fluids—at least six to eight glasses a day. Eat fiber-rich foods, such as whole grain breads and cereals and fresh fruits and vegetables. Get regular exercise, which helps keep your bowels moving. Use a stool softener, if your doctor recommends it.
8. Memory Problems
Memory problems affect up to 60% of people with MS. Use memory joggers—such as to-do lists, reminder notes, a day planner, and the alarm on your phone—to compensate. Repeat and verify things you’ve just heard to help retain them. A neuropsychologist may recommend more specific exercises to help rebuild memory skills.