Eighty percent of multiple sclerosis sufferers fight fatigue
One the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis is fatigue, which affects about 80 percent of those with the condition, says the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Fatigue makes it more difficult to handle daily activities. Try these eight steps can help you manage MS fatigue.
- Pace yourself. Learn what your body can handle and which activities push you over the edge. It is important to plan accordingly.
- Prioritize. Which tasks are on your must-do list? Save your energy to complete those.
- Exercise. Though a workout when you’re fatigued sounds like a contradiction, exercise can help increase your energy level. Talk to your physician about the best exercise options for you.
- Turn to technology. Take advantage of assistive devices—a walking sling, a scooter or a long-handled vacuum cleaner—can improve efficiency and help conserve energy.
- Call on your team. There is no shame in asking for help. Lean on family, friends, a support group and your medical team.
- Control your environment. Consider the layout, lighting and temperature in your house, all of which can zap your energy if they’re inefficient or on the wrong settings.
- Take medication. Talk to your doctor about prescribing medications to treat fatigue.
- Sleep. About 30 percent of people with MS have trouble sleeping, which can contribute to daytime fatigue. Track symptoms that interfere with the quality of your shut-eye—bladder dysfunction, sleep apnea or spasticity—and talk to your medical team about ways to tame them.