Over 400,000 Americans have MS, and roughly 10,000 new cases are diagnosed annually
(Medical News Today).
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, “multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.” Learn about each course of MS, and read more facts in the infographic below.
Source: Penn Medicine
As mentioned above, symptoms of MS vary depending on the amount and location of nerve damage. The following are common symptoms that arise in MS patients according to Mayo Clinic:
- Vertigo and/or dizziness
- Tremors and lack of coordination
- Muscle weakness or numbness
- Memory issues
- Bladder and bowel problems
- Slurred speech
- Partial or complete loss of vision; double vision
While there is currently no cure for multiple sclerosis, arranging your home to meet your needs is a helpful way to live with MS. Consider these home modifications to remain at home as long as possible:
- Easy-to-reach storage cabinetry
- Raised beds and toilets for easier transfers
- Lowered counters in kitchens and bathrooms
- Grab bars in showers and near toilets
- Lever handles instead of turn knobs
- Extra lighting near staircases and in bathrooms
- Shower seats or tub benches
- Low-pile carpeting and secured rugs
Ready to learn more? Register for our monthly CEU on “Relapsing-Remitting versus Progressive Forms of Multiple Sclerosis: Comparison of Rehabilitation Techniques,” presented by Amy Nichols, DPT on 11/15 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.