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Fight Fatigue Caused by MS

By Daryl H. Bryant (536 words)
Posted in Living with MS on May 8, 2013

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Fight Fatigue Caused by MS

Though many MS symptoms come and go, the majority of individuals diagnosed with the condition most often experience chronic fatigue. Unlike feeling tired at the end of a hard day, the fatigue associated with multiple sclerosis often becomes disabling. Though discouraging and frustrating, there are various methods of dealing with this particular symptom.

Reasons for Fatigue

Multiple Sclerosis falls under the category of autoimmune diseases and fatigue usually accompanies these disorders. Physicians remain in the dark as to an exact cause for the symptom, but many factors undoubtedly contribute to the problem. As the lesions located on the protective nerve tissue insulation interfere with normal nerve transmission, achieving everyday tasks can require more effort. Muscle spasms and tremors use energy, even though the actions remain involuntary.

Combating Fatigue

Try thinking of the body’s daily energy levels like the reserves in a bank account. Patients must make a conscious effort to not deplete the reserve before the end of the day. Heat adds physical stress and can drain your energy quicker than normal. Whether you live in a warm climate or just have to endure the hot days of summer, air conditioning remains one of the most comforting options to stay cool while indoors. Additional ways to fight fatigue include:

  • Take a few minutes to rest and catch your breath
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Wear lighter fabric clothing in extreme heat conditions
  • Carry a portable fan while traveling or lounging outdoors


Maintaining a healthy weight can help MS patients live a healthier life by ensuring that the body does not undergo added stress. Excess weight also costs the body in terms of energy levels. If you are looking to begin eating healthier, I would recommend having one meal at a time and incorporate healthier foods into your diet regularly.

  • A healthy diet includes eating plenty of fruits and vegetables along with proteins that provide omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
  • Snack at varied times throughout the day, which also helps replenish energy sources.
  • Eat raw fruits, vegetables, nuts or whole grain crackers.
  • Low-fat coconut yogurt, almond butter and a healthy shake are other possible choices to satisfy an occasional craving.


Many MS patients enjoy physical activities, but it is important to take precautions. Consult with a health care provider before starting any type of new vigorous exercise. Engage in activities or exercise during a cooler time of the day and stay hydrated while doing so. When first starting, limit the activity or exercise routine to a 10 minute session. Gradually work up to 30 minutes three times a week if tolerable. Always warm up and cool down.


Central nervous system stimulants help some fight fatigue and antiviral medications work for other patients. Newer formulations that include dalfampridine enhance nerve conduction. If suffering from depression, antidepressants may solve the problem. Consult with a physician concerning possible hypothyroidism. A malfunctioning thyroid creates a wide variety of symptoms and remains easily corrected with simple hormone replacement.

Comments (1)

Koert posted on: June 7, 2015

At least 20% of people with MS have undiagnosed apneu. I had apneu for 10 years, was even suicidal due to fatigue.
Check with your doctor!

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