MS MobilityStrength Multiple Sclerosis

MS MobilityStrength Multiple Sclerosis
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MS related Fatigue

   Oh my goodness! This is how I feel every morning. I get tired just thinking about getting out of bed and starting my day. 
   The first thing on my mind is what do I need to accomplish today? Should I clean the bathroom, vacuum or mop the kitchen floor? Do I make some phone calls to say Hi to family? Do I need to take something out of the freezer for dinner? Just making my to do list for the day is tiring. Yikes!   
   I never experienced fatigue until my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Before the diagnosis of MS I would have days of feeling tired because I stayed up late or just the normal hectic days of being a wife and mother. A good night sleep would always be the cure for being tired. 
   MS related fatigue is a very different story. With this type of fatigue there is a feeling of pervasive (spreading through the entire body) tiredness. It can significantly interfere with a persons ability to function at home and at work and is the most common reason why they have to quit their jobs.
   The fatigue common with MS is not like the tiredness that healthy people experience. MS fatigue usually occurs every day and may appear early in the morning even after a restful night's sleep.
   When I was working, just getting into work in the morning wore me out. I started my workday with a cup of coffee and getting organized with my assignments. My mind was always spinning trying to sort out what needed to be done for the day causing mental exhaustion early in the morning. During the workday I would find myself go into the stall of the restroom and secretly try to rest for a few minutes to regain some strength for the day. 
   Fatigue tends to get worse as the day progresses and may be aggravated by heat and humidity. MS related fatigue is generally more severe than normal fatigue, and is more likely to interfere with daily responsibilities. 
   My fatigue has affected my physical and cognitive functions. I am no longer working and I enjoy being home with no strict schedule. I can relax and rest when needed. I often feel guilty not getting up early in the morning or when I need to sit down and rest for awhile during the day. I always feel like I am being lazy. I do try to get enough rest at night but because of the pain in my feet and legs and medication reactions, I rarely get a complete nights sleep.

 400.000 people in the U.S. alone have multiple sclerosis. Of that, 86% cite fatigue as the number one symptom of their disease. Commonly people resort to substances such as caffeine, sugar and medications to combat fatigue with mixed results and uncertain health effects. Occupational therapists teach clients "Energy Conservation Techniques" to deal with their fatigue without resorting to drugs. These approaches have been shown, through research, to have positive impacts on individual's ability to deal with this debilitating symptom of MS. 
 The information in Fighting Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis: Practical Ways to Create New Habits and Increase Your Energy will help individuals with MS learn techniques to assist them in having more energy to do the activities they enjoy. Many people give up doing the "fun" activities in their lives in order to get through the "must dos." This book will give them the tools to manage their time and activities in order to do both.  
  Fighting Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis

A specially-designed, easy-to-follow program to feel better and improve your quality of life. 

Multiple Sclerosis MS is a devastating disease that damages the central nervous system. It affects nearly 400,000 Americans with daily fatigue, loss of coordination and balance, and muscle spasms or spasticity and it has no cure. Now, research shows that MS symptoms can be reduced through exercise, making living with MS a little easier. Exercises for Multiple Sclerosis tells you how to improve your daily symptoms, especially fatigue and mobility. 
Exercises for Multiple Sclerosis

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