Finding it now a problem to get up from my wheelchair... to transfer, stand, etc.... I am now working on this issue. I took note of what muscles are used or "what hurts". I also tend to pitch forward, so ensure there is a grab bar, cupboard, table, etc. in front. When I find any movement difficult, I repeat it 10 times.
Also, with the standing thing, I found moving to the shallow end of pool edge, allows me to simulate the "getting up" process. Hurts in all the right places. "Squatting" while hanging on to pool edge, repeat 10 times. Also found that "walking" while hanging on, in the shallow end is difficult. Experimenting with standing (upper body out of water, no hanging on).
May also be useful to get out of recliner, bed, off couch...
Here's something I didn't know--people with MSA blink less. Plus people that stare at computer screens all day (like me) do too. A normal rate is 10-15 times per minute. The eye doctor suggested over-the-counter artificial tears, 3 times per day. Easy solution, but costly. I thought "if you don't blink enough, just blink MORE". I find adding those drops at night when I'm lying in bed is easier.
Here are other low or no cost ideas:
1. Warm washcloth compress.
2. Salmon--in this case, the omega 3 can improve the eye’s oil film, also is an anti-inflammatory.
3. Computer breaks. 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, spend at least 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away.
4. Blink more. I have post-its stuck on fridge, computer screen, tv etc
Kathy White was diagnosed with MSA-C in Jan 2005. The creator is not a doctor or health care professional. This site reflects her own opinions and experiences.