Living well with myeloma
Wellness: Taking care of yourself
Eating healthy can help give you more energy, build up your strength, and aid in post-treatment recovery. There’s no need for you to avoid foods that contain Mineral found mainly in the hard part of bone., since they have no effect on blood calcium. Likewise, foods containing protein do not have an impact on paraprotein levels.
You should, however, avoid drinking too many beverages that contain caffeine, like tea, coffee, and soft drinks. As for alcohol consumption, that’s something you should discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, because alcohol should be avoided with certain medications. Caffeine and alcohol are also known to increase urination, which may lead to dehydration and fatigue.
Be sure to drink plenty of water — up to two litres per day — to help flush Poisons produced by certain animals, plants, or bacteria. out of your body.
Some people take a multivitamin supplement when they feel they may not be getting all the vitamins and nutrients they need from their diet. Because vitamins and/or supplements can have an impact on your myeloma and/or its treatment, be sure to always consult your healthcare team beforehand.
Staying hydrated is important for your overall well-being and to support the health of your kidneys, which may be particularly vulnerable as a result of your myeloma and/or your myeloma treatment.
Myeloma and exercise
Exercise helps keep your body fit and strong. It can help boost physical and mental well-being. And it can be fun!
The most important thing to consider when planning any sort of exercise is the impact of the activity on your bones. Myeloma weakens the bones, making them more vulnerable to fractures. That’s why it’s wise for you to avoid contact or more adventurous sports that place you at higher risk of injury.
A very good way to reduce pressure on your bones is by strengthening your muscles. If you attend a gym, be sure to explain your situation to your instructor, and to ask for advice about exercises that can help you improve muscle strength. Warm-up and cool-down exercises before and after each session are important to help prevent muscle strain.
Due to the specific problems associated with myeloma, be sure to always seek the advice of your doctor, a physiotherapist, or a qualified sports trainer before starting any exercise program.
- Gentle aqua-aerobics
- Gentle gym work
- Tai chi
- Light, non-contact
- Good for overall health
- Help strengthen muscles and bones
If you haven’t exercised in a while, take it slow at first and give yourself time to build up your stamina. Pace yourself. See how you feel immediately after exercising and a day or so later, and only do what feels comfortable.
If you have less energy during and after treatments and can’t do as much as you could before, don’t get too discouraged or frustrated. It’s normal to feel more tired.
Always remember that it’s important to listen to what your body is trying to tell you. If you feel any pain, stop what you’re doing immediately.
Exercise is a good way to help you combat myeloma-related fatigue, and it may also help you sleep. But if you need to take a break, there are other ways to manage fatigue.