If you’ve been diagnosed with MS, than you probably already know, the symptoms are different depending on the individual. Even though there is no cure for MS, those affected can still stay well by coping with its symptoms.
As with any chronic illness, it’s important to have an emotional support system. Decide who you’re going to talk to about your diagnosis and then seek treatment that will help you maintain as much control as possible.
Exercise and dieting have many benefits for someone who is diagnosed with MS. Some of these benefits include:
- Increased or maintained muscle strength
- Decreased fatigue
- Increased energy levels
- Increased endurance
- Increased bladder and bowel control
- Reduced feelings of depression
- Protected bone mass
Aside from exercise and dieting, try to follow some of these guidelines for managing emotion and extra stress:
- Maintain your relationship with loved ones.
- Keep healthy. Exercise and diet.
- Find a doctor you’re comfortable with, someone who can encourage and educate you.
- Relax (Meditation, Yoga, and Massage).
- Participate in fun activities. Social activities can reduce stress.
- Help yourself. Carry a notebook to remind you of dates and events.
Multiple Sclerosis and Legal Decisions in Arizona
As mentioned earlier, MS symptoms are unique to the individual. Your condition could worsen without any notice. In the event that you become disabled and are deemed incapable of making your own legal, financial, and medical decisions, you’ll want to have set documents in place to ensure your wishes are carried out. Some of these documents might include:
- Power of Attorney
- Living Will
- Last Will and Testament
- Make contingency plans
- Estate planning
If your condition worsens, and you require long-term care, you might want to consider some of these payment options:
- Long-Term Care Insurance
- And Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS), Arizona’s Medicaid branch that pays for long term care
The benefits and qualifications for each program depend on which payment option you apply for. For instance, ALTCS offers full coverage of medical services including doctor visits, hospital visits, prescriptions, lab work, and x-rays. It also offers nursing home care, home and community based services, and a special branch, designed for developmentally disabled adults and children, which provides benefits at home.
The qualifications for this program can be strict and confusing. To view eligibility requirements, click here. If you’re looking for guidance with Arizona Medicaid planning, the right choice is JacksonWhite, and our experienced elder law attorneys.