Sometimes the symptoms of MS make it difficult—or even impossible—for people to carry out their daily activities. Maybe the fatigue is overwhelming, or weakness or balance problems make getting around too difficult or too dangerous. Perhaps visual changes or problems with memory or thinking get in the way, or bladder or bowel symptoms make leaving the house feel a bit too risky. Faced with these kinds of challenges, people have a big choice to make—whether to give up one or another of the activities that make life full and interesting, or figure out ways to do things differently. This section is about finding ways to keep doing the things that are important to you—by working with your health care team to manage your symptoms, using tools and technology to make life easier, and manipulating your environment to maximize your mobility, safety, and independence.
When MS interferes with activities that are important to you, the first place to start is with your doctor.