Kevin R. Patel, MD: 7 Lifestyle Tweaks to Make Living with MS Easier

Kevin Patel, MD

"If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), you know that life can feel overwhelming with all you need to manage, from doctor’s appointments to daily symptoms. Because MS hits everyone differently, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to living well with the chronic condition. But there are ways you can tweak your days, tasks, and homes to make life with multiple sclerosis a little easier. “Many things we do can be adapted or simplified and this can make it possible for you to continue to do everyday things, even with limitations from MS symptoms,” said Kathy Zackowski, Ph.D., the associate vice president of research for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Baltimore, MD.


A great way to tackle your fatigue? Ironically, exercise more, says Kevin Patel, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of neurology and neurologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Exercise and conditioning can improve energy levels over the course of the day, which can really help with fatigue,” he says. It may seem counterintuitive, when you’re running low on stamina, to do the very thing that uses up energy so rapidly. But with exercise, you’re in it for the long game: The more you do, and do consistently, the stronger you get and more easily your body can fend off fatigue when it arrives."

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