The bathroom scales are very conveniently placed…and then you soon realize that you cannot stand immobile safely long enough to take a proper reading. You have no core stability and pull down a towel rail when falling…Is it familiar?
Multiple Sclerosis or MS attacks the nerve fibres that carry messages to and from your brain, symptoms can occur in any part of your body and that includes poor core stability. That means falling a lot during the day. These falls are so frequent….they do not get mentioned. Then one forgets the easy way of stepping on the scale.
Among all of what is happening with coping with an everyday life with MS, stepping on weighing scales is the last thing that comes to mind…
But you need to check:
- before an operation with general anaesthetics.
- during assessments by health and care professionals.
- some medications need to be administered according to your weight.
It is important to check your weight regularly, easily and with a minimum of fuss. There are means that enable this in your community:
- ask your GP to be referred to a local Nutritionist or Dietician
- contact your nearest MS Therapy centre
- contact your nearest Assit-UK affiliated centre like the Living Mobility and Driving Centre at the Vassall Centre in Fishponds, Bristol
There are easy ways to find the weight of your wheelchair, an ordinary chair or your sticks…