People believe – and they are right to some extant in HAVING THAT POINT of view – fatigue and tiredness are synonymous. If you believe the otherwise, can you tell the difference among fatigue, chronic fatigue and tiredness? And can you differentiate between normal fatigue and MS fatigue?
How many days in a week do you feel like lying down the entire day, or walk with clothes soaked into water or that you are carrying a ton of weight on your shoulders? If you have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), you may reply, every day!
Fatigue is one of the earliest and long-lasting symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. It is also a a symptom unique to MS
The National MS Society reported that 80% of patients with Multiple Sclerosis have fatigue. The distinctive quality of MS fatigue is that it comes to not go away.
Fatigue is a long-lasting symptom of MS; therefore, It is essential for the patients to know the symptoms of MS-related fatigue, how to manage it and what f===ood and activities to avoid to prevent it from worsening.
Difference between Tiredness, Fatigue and MS fatigue:
Tiredness is a routine body feeling. One may experience it after work and at the end of the day. A person would feel fresh after taking a bath or a nap. Fatigue is; however, not the same.
Fatigue is not relieved by a sleep. It lasts for longer period of time, some days or
- Tiredness: Lasts for few hours
- Fatigue: last for a month or less
- Chronic fatigue: lasts for more than a month to six months or longer.
Here is a difference in the following info-graphic among tiredness, acute fatigue and chronic fatigue.
In MS, a person experiences chronic fatigue.
Characteristics of MS fatigue
• Easy come, difficult to go.
• Gets worse as the day passes,
• May occur even after a good night’s sleep,
• Aggravates by humidity and heat,
• Likely to interfere in a person’s ability to function well at home and at work.
• May come with depression and gets worse as time passes.
Tiredness is just one of the symptoms of MS-related fatigue. There is a lot more involved in it than just weariness. A sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis should notice these symptoms. He/She may have multiple symptoms.
• Consistent tiredness even after sleep
• Heat and humidity worsen fatigue.
• Stiff shoulders
• Limbs and eyes feel heavy.
• lack of motivation,
• inability to concentrate
• anxiety, or
What people say!
People who have never experienced MS-related fatigue can never ever describe how it feels like.
They may hold strong views that MS patients make excuses and don’t try hard enough, or don’t even want to take any action. They will give looks full of surprises to those who say “It’s too hot today. Turn on the air conditioner, I will get tired!”
The secret of a successful affair is good management.
Whatever the affair is poor management ruins it. It is essential for an MS patient to manage fatigue to live a healthy and relaxed life.
Manage MS fatigue:
There is only one way left for patients suffering from MS-related fatigue, manage it.
They have no other choice left!
Some medications cause depression which is a factor responsible for causing fatigue. Consult your doctor if the medicine you use cause weariness.
Here are some tips you can use to manage fatigue:
• Daily exercises: Lack of movement makes muscles week which require more energy. A person has to stay mentally, physically and socially active.
• Eat well: Try to cut down on caffeine, deep fried foods, red meat, fast food, dairy products,
• Efficiently use your energy level.
• Drink plenty of water: don’t dehydrate yourself. Drink eight glasses of water every day.
• Keep your body and mind cool: Keeping the body cool means to avoid prolong presence in heat.
keeping the mind cool means to stay relax and avoid stress.
• Divert your attention away from fatigue. Involve in activities like reading and knitting
• Deep breathing,
• Stay away from energy drinks and soft dirks: Those beverages contain high amount of sugar and caffeine. These also include tea and coffee.
Did we miss anything?
How do you manage fatigues. Tell us in the comments
Also share your experience with MS-related fatigue and anything you’d like to add!.