A long-term illness or chronic health condition is described as any condition that lasts six months or longer.

Dealing with the pain of any circumstance isn’t easy. But at least there’s an end in sight for most acute illnesses or an injury. However, that’s not the case when you are diagnosed with a chronic health condition.

Chronic conditions are diagnosed daily in the Uk and most will involve some sort of long-term pain management. Chronic pain usually affects people living already living with underlying health conditions like Multiple Sclerosis. With no cure in sight, what are the options to improve day to day living of a chronic condition or disability?

How do you manage a pain-related disability?

There are two main types of pain that people who have multiple sclerosismust manage

  1. nerve pain (neuropathic which is caused by damage to the nerves in the brain and/or spinal cord. This results in altered sensations such as pins and needles, numbness, crawling or burning feelings.
  2. musculoskeletal pain aka. (nociceptive) which is caused by damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue which is aggravated by posture or even sitting for long periods.

People with MS may experience pain for other reasons too and its common to experience different types of pain. Also, disease-modifying medications often cause side effects of headaches and infections of the bladder and kidneys.

Conserving your energy can help!

A major worry for people have when diagnosed with MS is that they will become reliant on a wheelchair or scooter to get around. In fact, the majority of people with MS will never become severely disabled.

However, many people with MS choose to use wheelchairs or scooters from time to time or to do certain things. It’s best to opt for a portable mobility scooter that’s easy to lift in and out of the car.

The Luggie mobility scooter is a leading travel mobility scooter which can support symptoms like fatigue or weakness. It helps to conserve energy, meaning it will increase your ability to get out more independently. Or, keep up with friends and family.

The Luggie is portable and lightweight, easy to navigate in small spaces, easy to load into a car boot and airline approved. With a great catalogue of customer reviews from owners that have found an increase in independence.

Herbs and supplements: Can they help MS?

To date, no drug or supplement can cure MS. Some treatments may slow the disease’s progress. However, there are other therapies that can also reduce symptoms or prolong periods of remission. The use of alternative and complementary medicines among people with Multiple Sclerosis is a popular option around the world. Many people turn to more natural remedies treatments when pharmaceutical medicines fail to improve their symptoms. Some alternative therapies are often recommended by primary care providers and an array of alternative treatments are available in health shops and the internet. Holistic and herbal treatments can be very effective in alleviating the unpleasant symptoms of MS. Be mindful, some herbal supplements and alternative therapies can cause drug interactions with other medications. Before using any supplements, or therapies to treat MS, discuss the benefits and risks with your Doctor or healthcare professional.

What are the top herbs and supplements for MS?

The following list of top herbs does not cover every available herbal or supplementary option for treating the symptoms of MS. Instead, the list offers a brief summary of the important information about each of the most common herbs and supplements used by people with MS.