Can Exercise Make Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms Worse?

You may experience a few common symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis problem, which include poor coordination and weakness, both of which make your exercise challenging. However, exercise helps in easing most of your symptoms related to multiple sclerosis and thereby, outweighs most of the challenges you experience. Only you have to keep in mind to avoid overdo any of the physical exercises and adopt moderation in your exercise regularly. (1)

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Adverse Effects Of Overdoing Any Physical Exercise

Symptoms May Backfire Due To Overdo Of Exercise

If you are a patient of multiple sclerosis, you should consult with your doctor before you start with a specific exercise routine. This is because; too aggressive exercise may bring severe injury, fatigue and several other exacerbate symptoms for multiple sclerosis patients. Even though regular exercise, such as strength training and aerobic exercises help in increasing your balance and strength, along with improving your bladder control and bowel movements, it may backfire if you fail to go with a gentle approach.

Numbness And Blurred Vision At The Commence Of Any Exercise

A few multiple sclerosis patients experience blurred vision, tingling and numbness when they commence any exercise. This is because of increase in their body temperature, which leads to exertion. Symptoms in this case typically become manageable once your body becomes cool. However, you have to learn about managing the body temperature at the time of doing exercises by using cooling collars and similar types of devices.

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How Physical Therapist Helps In Your Exercise Routine

A fitness instructor or physical therapist familiar with the problem of multiple sclerosis helps you creating a proper exercise routine based on your physical abilities.

Your therapist or she addresses your common issues associated with multiple sclerosis disease, like your poor balance, body temperature, spasticity and fatigue.

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Your instructor may even help you monitoring the breathing rate and pulse, so that you may easily pace yourself as well as avoid any type of overexertion.

Your physical therapist may recommend you for pool exercises, like for instance aqua zumba and/or water aerobics, as both of them help you with your body balance and in turn, reduce your risk related to falls.

Essential Tips To Go With A Safe Physical Workout

Proceed At A Slow Pace. You should start your exercise with compulsory warm up of 5 minutes to 10 minutes. If you are able to manage walking across a room or a block, you should start with that only and increase your exercise gradually. With time, you get enough strength to involve in relatively more intensive exercise.

Do Physical Exercises Safely. You should essentially avoid any place, which has poor lighting, slippery floor, tripping hazards and throw rugs. You have to select activities, which prevent you from falling, like swimming and stationary biking. In addition, you should work with a physical instructor on strength training and stretches to bring improvement in your physical balance and coordination.

Immediately Stop Or Change The Routine If You Feel Sickness Or Pain. If you feel sickness or pain while doing any particular type of exercise, you should stop that immediately. In case of flaring up your symptoms, you should stop or change the exercise routine immediately. You should discuss with your doctor and while you remain in healing phase, you should make sure taking adequate amount of rest. Once you feel better, your doctor recommends you and assists you to start with your exercise again.

Finding A Proper Balance Is Essential. It is OK if you are able to perform any intensive type of physical workout. However, it is essential for you to analyze your stamina and make sure that your workout does not make you excessively weak.

Never Forget To Cool Down. Once you complete with your daily exercise, you should dedicate some time for cool down. This lets your breathing, body temperature and heart rate to go at their normal state.

References.

  1. https.//www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4409551/

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: April 9, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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