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How to Deal With a Partner Having MS

December 29, 2015

Having a partner with MS is in no way an easy thing to deal with. However, there a few things you can do to be sure that you and your partner’s lives are made as easy as possible.

Educate yourself- You should educate yourself to the point where you may be considered an expert. Even if your partner is not showing much as far as symptoms, you may be able to catch an early telltale sign that they don’t see and limit their pain. Your partner’s condition could change in a matter of moments, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared for it. Be up-to-date on all of the latest MS related news.

Be patient- MS is as unpredictable a disease as there is in this world. You have to be very understanding and aware that your partner is going to feel a full range of emotions. You probably will, too. You are both going to have to give out and receive constructive criticism to make things work. You will go through a lot of ups and downs, but keeping this on the positive side always helps.

Save Energy- Nobody says that you cannot relax, but for the sake of your relationship, be sure to try and conserve your partner’s energy. Take care of annoying tasks that are easy for you but tiring for them. You will notice that your partner is in a better mood more often and has more energy to have fun with you.

Take care of yourself- If you are not in tip top shape yourself, you run the risk of not giving your partner the best care possible. For your emotional health, do not lose touch with friends and continue any hobbies you may enjoy. Your partner can benefit from time alone as well, as experiencing independency can be an emotional boost.

Have a good memory- It is important to make a note of things that benefit your partner or things that may be sensitive to them. Whether that be a restaurant that you like keeps the thermostat a bit high, or whether a certain food keeps their symptoms at bay, these things are all important and all play a part in the progression of the disease.