Living with Multiple Sclerosis: How to Avoid MS Holiday Hazards


risk of infection

cold and flu season coincides with the holiday season. It is not necessarily good emotional health to stay locked in his house during this happy season and can be uncomfortable to wear protective masks.

However, people with MS are at risk of relapse if they have a febrile illness such as influenza. They are also at risk of flu complications, such as pneumonia due to respiratory dysfunction and decreased lung function.

Try to solve this potential problem by:

  • vaccinated against seasonal flu and H1N1.
  • Ask people in a roundabout way if they are all free visit before infection. Saying things like, “Boy, it sure is a miracle that we are all so healthy crap go at this time of year, right?”

FluMist for people with multiple sclerosis

Sleep loss

Everybody gets tired during the holidays. It can be worse for people with MS who practically live in a constant state of fatigue. The frenetic pace of the installation in all the revelry can have a very negative effect.

Part of this has to do with sleep loss. We all know that the pattern: going to bed a little later here, we woke to hit sales or put the turkey in the oven the next day, can not go to bed before Uncle Ted goes, and so on .. . We ended up with a sleep deficit that exacerbates our fatigue.

Try to solve this potential problem by:

  • Be as strict bedtime as possible and naps budget on your schedule.
  • Remain in mind that you may not be able to go to all meetings or parties stay for long.


There is much to do during the holidays and that can be stressful for anyone, even if they have MS. Many people try to stay calm and quiet as much as possible and most of the time it works.

By planning ahead, much of the stress of natural parties can be alleviated, or at least mitigated. It may not alleviate 100% of holiday stress, but you can feel like you have more control.

Try to solve this potential problem by:

  • The gift shop with time even try to complete their list before Thanksgiving.
  • Plan all menus in advance.
  • Have a very specific agenda of what will happen when so you know what to expect.

getting too cold or hot

Many people with MS are sensitive to temperatures. When it is hot, you can start to lose their function. Usually this is a problem in summer, but you can also experience strange symptoms while standing over a hot stove or sitting too close to a hot fire.

Experts say that an increase of as little as half a degree in the core temperature one can bring in a pseudoexacerbation. Many people complain that their symptoms worsen in cold temperatures.

Try to solve this potential problem by:

  • Dress in layers so you can remove or add sweaters and warm clothes when necessary.
  • Feel free to use the disabled parking placard when needed.

eating too fast or while speaking

Swallowing disorders, also known as dysphagia, are a fairly common problem that people with MS. Even if you have never been formally evaluated, you may have experienced cough uncomfortable moments when food was “down the wrong path.”

Try to solve this potential problem by:

  • put effort into eating slowly.
  • only talk when your mouth is completely empty.
  • Try to avoid eating or drinking when talking to people you know to have a sense of humor. Laughing and trying to swallow it can also be a very bad combination.

Tips for Dealing with swallowing problems in people with multiple sclerosis

Trying to do too much

Most people with MS battle against fatigue and, often they have to limit what they do. The holidays can be fun and exciting, and make you want to push past feelings of fatigue in order to get one more wrapped present or attend a party more.

Schedule that would other people feel a little tired the next day can bring people with MS to their knees with fatigue. While it is not recommended that social events are omitted or are making preparations because of fatigue afraid, something often have to give.

Try to solve this potential problem by:

  • Leave a little housework instead of a holiday concert.
  • Delegating others to contribute something to the meal, instead of doing everything yourself.
  • Do some shopping online and avoid the busy shops and long queues.
  • Take the frenzy down a notch and enjoy the holidays what they have to offer rather than simply adding a lot of things into your existing schedule.

Skipping Meds, exercise or other things that keep us well

When the holidays are in full swing, things are overlooked. It is very easy to forget those things that might not be the most pleasant task, but we must do every day.

Needless to say, we have to keep up personal “maintenance” during the holidays. Otherwise, double (or triple) hit neglecting the important tasks of health or drugs, aggravated by all health risks related to the holiday is obtained.

Exercise also tends to be ignored or dismissed as task lists when everything else seems so urgent.

Try to solve this potential problem by:

  • Fulfill your daily schedule of medication and other health-related tasks.
  • continue with your exercise regimen, or at least try to fit in some exercise every day.


Hmmm, let’s see … we chose bran cereal with blueberries or famous cinnamon rolls homemade Aunt Helen for breakfast?

is easy to enjoy the goodies that are associated with holidays. However, many people with MS are prone to constipation. mint chocolate truffles and eggnog are not known for their fiber content.

Try to solve this potential problem by:

  • yourself a favor and fiber supplement or use a stool softener.
  • Continue with the eating plan that works for you and only takes a small sample of the goodies.


Depression is a very real symptom of MS. Depression also peaks around the holidays, probably as a result of stress, seasonal effects of reduced sunlight and all sorts of other factors.

Keep a simple rule in mind:

  • If you have MS and feels very sad or have no interest in the things around you, you need to look help.

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