Are you suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? Ditch your sedentary lifestyle and follow a healthy one to manage pain and live a better life. A new study suggests that a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise, no smoking and healthy diet is associated with lower pain in people with multiple sclerosis.
The findings add to a growing body of evidence that modifiable lifestyle factors can help manage MS symptoms. “Our study found strong associations between lifestyle and pain in people with multiple sclerosis,” says Claudia Marck, one of the paper’s authors. “Smokers are more likely to experience pain, and those that do regular exercise seem less likely to experience pain. We also see strong links between pain and the prevalence of anxiety and depression.”
An estimated 2.5 million people worldwide have multiple sclerosis. The condition affects the nervous system, often causing chronic pain and a lack of mobility. The pain is normally treated with painkillers, but these can have side effects, are expensive and do not treat the cause of the pain.