There are many misconceptions out there about Multiple Sclerosis, and the rapidly changing science surrounding the disease makes it hard to keep up. We’ve decided to bust a few of the most common myths to help you live a fuller life with MS.
MYTH: People with MS should not be physically active.
Experts used to believe that MS patients should shy away from physical activity, but it’s just the opposite. Research has shown that it is beneficial to incorporate simple exercises that fit your lifestyle and physical ability, such as basic yoga stretches or water aerobics. Your doctor and your Health Advisor can help you come up with a personalized plan.
MYTH: MS is the same for everyone.
No two MS cases are exactly alike. Each person diagnosed is affected in a unique way. While symptoms can be similar, the disease can attack different areas of the body. Therefore, you cannot expect your symptoms to be the same as someone else’s.
MYTH: MS is terminal.
Multiple Sclerosis is not a terminal illness. The life expectancy of a person with MS about the same length as the rest of the population. Most people with MS die from the same common health conditions as people without it, such as cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
MYTH: Women with MS cannot get pregnant.
This is one of the most common misconceptions about the disease. There is no evidence that pregnancy negatively affects MS. On the contrary, several studies have found that pregnancy can reduce flare-ups, particularly in the second and third trimester. If you are considering becoming pregnant, be sure to talk with your doctor to discuss managing your treatments.
MYTH: You can”t do anything to help your MS.
Like with many other chronic conditions, there are certain healthy behaviors that you can implement to improve your quality of life. These include exercising, losing weight, quitting smoking, and taking your medications properly.
If you or someone you know has MS, remember that knowledge is power. The more you know about the resources available and the things you can do on a daily basis to manage your health, the better. Stay positive, keep an open mind, and take things one step at a time.