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Managing lifestyle the key to dealing with MS

Fri, May 07, 2004
Kylie Munro
The Border Mail

LIFESTYLE management is the key to coping with multiple sclerosis, an education program on the central nervous system disease emphasised in Albury yesterday.

More than 60 MS sufferers and families of people with the disease attended the NSW Multiple Sclerosis Society education seminar at the Commercial Club, which offered ways for people to manage MS-related fatigue, depression and exercise.

Society client service manager Ms Robyn Faine said more than 75 per cent of people with MS experienced fatigue, lack of energy, sleepiness or increased weakness.

She said fatigue, along with depression, was a silent symptom of the disease which “short circuits” the bodys nervous circuitry and affects the brains ability to control functions.

“Fatigue and depression are often not understood by people with MS or the people around them,” Ms Faine said.

“Most people are also often scared to exercise because they dont know a way to do it that specifically suits them.”

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