Fighting MS Fatigue

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A daily MS challenge for many

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), affecting about 80 percent of people with the condition, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Some people with MS are so affected by fatigue that they stop working. The following advice may help.


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Prioritize your activities

Decide which activities are most important to you and save your energy for them. By prioritizing, you can be both realistic and responsible.


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Pace yourself to avoid fatigue

It is important to learn what your body can and cannot handle and plan accordingly.


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Delegate chores to others

Call on your support team, whether it’s family, friends, or coworkers. You may be surprised at how much energy you can conserve just by asking for assistance and accepting offers of help.


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Evaluate your environment

Consider ways to make your surroundings less taxing on you, such as avoiding too much heat, which can aggravate fatigue.


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Get more sleep

Managing symptoms and health conditions that interfere with sleep — such as sleep apnea, bladder dysfunction, restless legs syndrome, or muscle spasms — is crucial in helping you have more energy during the day.