By Editorial Team - January 7, 2013
...Everybody can experience fatigue from time to time, but the fatigue which occurs in MS is unique. It can be an overwhelming sense of weakness, physical and/or mental. When fatigued, you may feel exhausted, tired, weak..., and void of energy. Fatigue makes carrying out the tasks of daily living much more difficult. Of the many symptoms associated with MS, fatigue is the most common and potentially most disabling symptom, affecting between 75% and 90...

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By Steve Woodward - December 24, 2014
... popular with a lot of people. And I used it myself when I first came across it – fatigue is perhaps the most common symptom of MS and one of the hardest things to explain and here was a way to make it real. Except it doesn’t.... Instead, it takes something which is itself fairly abstract (fatigue) and describes it in a way which is even more convoluted (“ok. So these spoons represent my energy… and now I’ve used them all up… why don’t I just buy...

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By Cathy Chester - September 19, 2014
...“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” ~Thomas Dekker When I was first diagnosed with MS one of my chief complaints was the overwhelming fatigue I suffered every day. Like most people with MS..., my fatigue left me no choice but to nap, pace myself and sit whenever possible. I was less productive, my thoughts had less clarity and I felt like less of a person. Without hesitation (or a proper diagnosis) my doctor...

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By Ashley Ringstaff - December 13, 2014
...Have you been asked, “Why are you so tired all the time,” before? I have… more times than I can count actually. But why are we so tired all the time? How can we explain that it’s not just the MS fatigue by itself? I don’t... know about everyone else, but I suffer from MS fatigue greatly. I’m actually on a medication to help with my fatigue, so people wonder HOW can I be tired, when I’m on a symptomatic treatment for it. It’s easy for me to answer...

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By Matt Allen G - September 16, 2014
...Look all over the net. Look in books. Talk to people with MS. Pretty much everyone will say “fatigue” is the most common and sometimes most debilitating symptom of Multiple Sclerosis. But what exactly is fatigue? What causes... it? Well, there are many different causes but first you need to identify what kind of fatigue you are dealing with. What kind? Yup! There are two basic types of fatigue in MS and it’s very important to determine which kind...

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By JULIE SAVENE - April 23, 2015
... come up with a great ‘visual’ to describe how I feel when I get fatigued-‘it feels like I have small sand bags all over my body & I am trying to move with them on.’ I am not ‘just’ tired. You cannot ‘cure’ my symptoms...

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - January 18, 2014
... traveling the round-trip version of fatigue. MS fatigue is very common and most of us will experience it at one time or another, but this is my first prolonged stretch of unexplainable, unrelenting tiredness. I can imagine... I could be like him, doze off, and wake when this is over. The inability to stay awake and alert is vexing.  More than once I have described MS fatigue as this vignette: Imagine you are in a deep sleep on your couch and you...

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - January 14, 2015
... ailments on and MS fatigue is at the top of the list of complaints for most of us. MS fatigue is so common that if you google the term, you will instantly be rewarded with 50,200,000 hits of articles on the internet... that mention “MS Fatigue.’  Sorry, but the whole idea of  sorting through that many articles to find suggestions for fatigue really wears me out. There is a  scientific term for our MS fatigue and maybe it would sound more significant...

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By Stephanie Buxhoeveden, RN, MSCN - April 29, 2014
... that MRIs are a necessary evil. Important, but not fun. However, I have come up with a few strategies that have actually really helped me fight the MRI fatigue, and I hope you will share anything that has helped you: #1. Music! I... more comfortably and push that button if you get too hot or too cold. So in summary being a musical, zen, loudmouth has helped me fight my MRI fatigue. I haven’t tried taking sedating medication because I usually drive...

By Editorial Team - January 22, 2013
...The first step in successfully managing fatigue is to identify its cause(s). Talk to your doctor about how fatigue affects you and what you can do about it. The table below shows different types of fatigue and possible... causes. Type of Fatigue Causes Fatigue from extra effort it takes to do daily activities MS symptoms such as weakness, balance problems, stiffness, and vision problems can make daily activities energy-intensive...

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - August 2, 2014
... panel discussion hosted by The Ohio State MS Clinic. Lack of sleep quantity and quality can have an impact on our MS fatigue.2 My MS neurologist, Aaron Boster, was one of the presenters and he focused a lot on the need...

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By MultipleSclerosis.net - May 16, 2014
...One of the most common and also most debilitating symptoms of MS is fatigue. It affects many aspects of a person’s life, including mood, sleep, and overall quality of life.1 It is well-known that people with MS have a unique... sensitivity to heat, and warmer temperatures correlate with the presence of neurological symptoms.2 There is also well-established link between heat sensitivity and MS-related fatigue,2 making it more common for people...

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By Donna Steigleder - May 17, 2016
... exertion wears me out. Part of that I know is my weight and lack of exercise but some of it is the fatigue. It’s difficult to remember or focus. I feel like I’m in a haze or that my thoughts are just beyond my reach while I’m... lousy. I feel like I struggle to move, to think, to do anything and the fatigue makes me feel like I have a cold or am getting sick with a virus. I now have something wrong in my gut causing severe intestinal spasms...

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - December 30, 2015
... excited to be sharing and celebrating again in so many traditional ways, but it doesn’t take long for my reality to set in – managing fatigue and energy levels when you live with multiple sclerosis is especially demanding... to conserve your energy reserves and fight the dreaded MS fatigue so the twinkle of the holiday lights don’t lose their beauty too soon in your eyes. Happy holidays!! Wishing you well, Laura ...

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By Laura Kolaczkowski - October 15, 2014
...A newly diagnosed person was asking about fatigue and I went looking for information to share.  In the process, I learned a few new things about MS fatigue, but first I need to back up and explain MS fatigue, because... it is different than normal fatigue. I like the analogy that I have heard before that we start our day with a full tank if we are lucky, but some of us may only be partially fueled to start out.  The faster we go, the harder we push...

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By Ashley Ringstaff - February 14, 2015
...Don’t ask me how I come up with the titles to these articles at times because I honestly couldn’t tell you… I promise I’m writing about something that does involve MS, trust me. So what do I mean when I say “picking sides?” Well, I’m referring to the fact that it seems that my MS likes to pick sides of my body that it’s going to affect, usually worse on one side in comparison to the other. I’m not sure if this applies to you, but I know...

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By TK Sellman - March 9, 2017
... other symptoms of MS, pain is one with a snowflake quality. No two experiences are going to be alike. Pain causes fatigue Pain is a symptom of inflammatory response in the body. In the case of people with multiple sclerosis... include pain. What researchers have found is that there’s a link between pain and fatigue. Studies continue to examine this links using the fatigue-pain models demonstrated by those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome...

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By Devin Garlit - August 11, 2016
... an activity is typically filled with fatigue, pain, and even confusion that necessitates me doing next to nothing. While my experiences certainly don’t reflect everyone with MS (or other chronic illnesses for that matter), I know... at standing and walking is tough. Just making it to the bathroom becomes an adventure! I would happily try to sleep the day away because I am overwhelmingly fatigued. The simplest of tasks, even trying to change the channel...

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