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How to Prevent Multiple Sclerosis: Ways to Stop MS

Sandeep Dhanyamraju MD
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju
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Sandeep Dhanyamraju MD
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju

All existing diseases in medicine have their own types of complexity. Some of them can be cured, and others can not. But whether it is a chronic or temporary illness, there is always a way to ease it. And this also refers to multiple sclerosis. As soon as this disorder appears in a person, it is crucial to begin its relief. After all, it is still impossible to cure it forever. But it is pretty achievable to stop the progression.

An innovative approach to preventing MS is a plan for a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity strengthens the immune system and enhances blood circulation. It prevents the inflammatory processes characteristic of MS. Additionally, a balanced diet can help reduce the risk of nerve tissue inflammation.

Regarding how to prevent multiple sclerosis, doctors often recommend consuming enough vitamins, avoiding stress, and not drinking alcohol. Other recommendations depend on how advanced your disease is. Thus, doctors select treatment and prevention individually for each person with MS.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Every human body has myelin. It is a protective layer of nerve fibers. One of its most important goals is the acceleration of nerve impulse conduction. But sometimes, people’s lives change entirely when this myelin starts to destroy itself. After all, this indicates the appearance of multiple sclerosis. 

The fact is that it is a condition of the nervous system. When myelin is destroyed, it harms the organs. It leads to a violation of the functionality of the body. It is because nerve impulses can no longer carry out standard transmission. Because of this, a person can experience a different range of symptoms:

  • constant fatigue;
  • trembling hands or feet;
  • instability when walking;
  • lack of confidence in movements and loss of balance;
  • muscle contraction;
  • muscle weakness or loss of muscle control;
  • frequent urination;
  • anxiety;
  • emotional instability;
  • sleep disorders.

The insidiousness of this disease is that you may not notice its signs at an early stage. Because of this, it is rare for people to start preventing MS in time.

The cause of the development of multiple sclerosis remains unknown. Researchers believe that genetic factors play a role in its development. In such cases, preventing MS in family members should be done on time. External influences, such as infections or the environment, can also provoke this disease. But there is no exact proof of this yet. So, to determine in more detail the causes of MS, doctors conduct various examinations. Most often, for this, patients undergo an MRI. Based on the data, doctors make an accurate diagnosis.

a doctor and a patient are looking at an MRI of the brain

Tips on How to Prevent Multiple Sclerosis

You can take some steps to reduce your risk of developing this disease. Doctors usually prescribe them individually. But despite this, there are also general recommendations. They refer to all patients who want to know how to stop MS:

  • Healthy lifestyle.
  • Regular medical examination.
  • A balanced diet.

Such pieces of advice are for easing symptoms, slowing down the progression of the illness, and improving the patient’s quality of life. Sometimes along with this, doctors can prescribe drug therapy with the following medicines:

Of course, you can not use them without a doctor’s permission. But if they prescribed them to you, then take it as a valid recommendation from them and stick to it. Besides, it is also critical to follow the general tips on preventing MS. The next list of them is helpful for every patient and can enhance your condition by following it. So, keep reading:

1. Engage in Physical Activity

Playing sports is important not only for illnesses but also for human life in general. But if you have MS, then sports are a necessity for you. By exercising, a person with MS strengthens their body and improves coordination. Training helps increase muscle strength and flexibility. Besides, physical activity stimulates the production of endorphins. It improves mood and reduces the feeling of pain.

Which sport is the most effective?

  • Swimming. It helps support the muscles and relieve the load from the joints.
  • Aerobic exercises. They increase endurance and promote better blood circulation.
  • Cycling. It supports the work of the lower extremities and can be a healthy stress for the heart.
  • Walking. Even ordinary walking contributes to good maintenance of body tone and mood.

2. Avoid Smoking and Limit Alcohol Consumption

To know how to prevent multiple sclerosis, you should first know what habits you should avoid. And the most important rule is to forget about smoking and drinking alcohol. These bad habits can significantly worsen the symptoms of the disease. Smoking harms patients’ health, as tobacco smoke contains many toxic substances. They can increase inflammation and damage the nervous system. Alcohol consumption also impairs patients. After all, it can increase fatigue and disrupt coordination.

How to get rid of such habits?

  • Take turns on positive lifestyle changes. Find a replacement for these bad habits.
  • Create an action plan to reduce your smoking and alcohol abuse gradually.
  • Ask your doctor or specialist what methods and approaches may be most effective for you.

3. Drink Enough Water

Sufficient water consumption has a significant impact on the quality of human life. For the nervous system to function well, it is important to drink enough water daily. Water helps maintain optimal hydration. It helps ensure the normal functioning of cells and neurotransmitters. Thus, proper hydration can have a positive effect on the physical and psychological functions of the body. It contributes to better preventing MS.

What are the recommendations for drinking water?

  • Set regular intervals for drinking water.
  • Drink in small portions throughout the day, with each meal or snack.
  • Drink water not only when you feel thirsty but also beforehand to avoid dehydration.

4. Follow a Proper Sleep Routine

Sound sleep is the key to good health. And when you lack sleep or oversleep, it reflects badly on your health. It is especially bad for those with multiple sclerosis. With such a disease, observing the correct sleep regime is important. Adequate sleep helps restore physical and psychological strength. So with this, you will know how to prevent multiple sclerosis.

How to properly observe sleep?

  • Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Carefully limit the use of electronic devices before bedtime.
  • Air the room before going to bed.
  • Create a pleasant atmosphere in the room for better sleep.

5. Get Regular Medical Check-Ups

Regular examinations allow the doctor to determine the effectiveness of the treatment. And if necessary, they can make timely corrections to prevent MS. Regular doctor visits also help support patients psychologically. They provide an opportunity to seek advice and ask questions about the disease.

How to properly make regular visits to the doctor?

  • Ask your doctor what frequency of medical examinations would be most appropriate for your condition.
  • If you have any health problems, also consult a doctor.
  • Keep a journal of any new symptoms and changes in your physical condition.

a family supports a family member

Preventing MS in Family Members

Living with multiple sclerosis can be difficult both physically and emotionally. And when your relatives are faced with it, it is also challenging. After all, watching how they cope with symptoms can be emotionally complex. Providing them with support in such a situation is the best solution. And preventing MS in family members, you should start with a neurologist study:

  • To begin with, go with your relatives for an examination. Let the neurologist examine the patient’s body and explain the reason. After that, start treating your relatives. You can help them with medications and therapies and follow specific medical recommendations. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent further spread of MS in the family.
  • Besides, to know how to stop MS in relatives, it is worth remembering their schedule of taking pills. Help them with this and create a list of medications. Write down what and when to take. This way, you will make it easier for your relatives not to forget that they need to take medicine.
  • And, of course, motivate your relatives with MS to lead a healthy lifestyle. Go for a run with them and cook them healthy food. Such actions help prevent MS in the family.

Stopping the spread of multiple disorders in relatives is crucial to maintain their health and quality of life. Professional support from medical specialists and an individual approach can contribute to the achievement of this goal.

Bottom Line

The appearance of disorders makes some adjustments in the lives of patients. And it is obvious that it affects in a bad way. It is especially true of incurable multiple sclerosis. When it appears, it is crucial to know how to stop MS. For this, you should consult with neurologists.

If you need help, Lone Star Neurologists are ready to do everything possible. Thanks to our many years of experience, we know how to deal with MS. First, we examine you and then create a treatment plan. We make it individually to achieve better results for our patients faster. After that, we observe your state of health and make certain changes to enhance your health. Thanks to this approach, you become healthier with us.


Can multiple sclerosis be completely prevented?

Unfortunately, there is still no method that will cure multiple sclerosis forever. But you can alleviate its condition and its manifestation. To do this, you should regularly visit a doctor and undergo the prescribed treatment.

Can stress trigger multiple sclerosis?

No definitive evidence establishes stress as a direct trigger for multiple sclerosis. Stress could potentially play a role in exacerbating symptoms or affecting the disease’s progression. But it’s unlikely to be the sole trigger for MS.

Is multiple sclerosis hereditary?

Multiple sclerosis has a genetic predisposition. So if you have a family member with the condition, it can increase your susceptibility. But it does not always work, and genetics does not always play a role in this. After all, other factors also influence the appearance of it.

Can certain vaccines prevent multiple sclerosis?

Doctors have not yet invented a vaccine that fights multiple sclerosis. But vaccines play a crucial role in preventing other diseases. Thus, sometimes doctors may prescribe other vaccines for general health in multiple sclerosis. But to get rid of this disorder, there is no vaccine for this.

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Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
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Steve Nabavi
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It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going more
Isabel Ivy
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21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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