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15 Ways to Fight MS Fatigue


Hello everyone!

This article on fatigue is short and to the point.  If gives some great suggestions on how to combat fatigue.  Please add any strategies you use in the comment section below!

Thanks!

xo

Lora

15 Ways To Fight Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue

By rcgroth on April 22, 2009 | From conquerms.com

 

Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue is one of the number one symptoms and complaints of multiple sclerosis. And unfortunately one of the #1 reasons that many people with MS end up on disability.  Multiple Sclerosis fatigue is real, and a prominent symptom for as many as 85-95% of those with MS.

Here are 15 ways to fight against fatigue.  Just the little things that you do each and every day can make a difference.

1.   Be aware of medication side effects.  Anti-depressants are well known to have a side effect of fatigue. Talk with your doctor and determine what side effects each medication your on has.

2.   Drink a sufficient amount of water:  Dehydration can cause fatigue and many people with MS don’t like to drink water because they suffer from an over active bladder.- I’m guilty of this one.  Our bodies need water for energy and to remove toxins, so don’t scrimp on this one.

3.   Improper breathing:  Shallow, short breathes will reduce the amount of oxygen coming to your cells, therefore making you feel fatigued.

4.   Not exercising:  Ok, so you’ve heard this one a number of times on how exercise increases energy.  There’s no excuses regardless of what level you are at with your MS.  Bed Top exercise, chair exercise, and standing up –we’ve got you covered at You Can Do It.

5.   Depression:  Not accepting multiple sclerosis, being depressed about your current life will cause depression and the by product fatigue. Using techniques to change your mental outlook and your thinking such as “Theatre of the Mind”. Will allow you to relive all the good things that happened to you in the past and therefore remove depression out of your life.

6.  Too much heat:  Heat increases your disabilities and fatigue and just makes you feel bad. Anytime out in warm weather I can go from walking normally to barely walking at all.  Stay out of the heat, use a cooling vest, and look for activities that keep you cool like swimming.

7.  Avoid Simple Carbohydrates:  White bread, white pasta, and sugar slow you down and fatigue you.  Keep up on a diet of whole foods consisting of fruits and veggies.

8.  Vary Routine:   Toss up your normal daily schedule.  Each one of us needs some variety each day.Plan something for the future that you can look forward to.

9.   Experiment with aromatherapyPeppermint and jasmine essentials oils are known to be energizing.  Put a few drops on your collar of your shirt to smell during the day, or take the container of peppermint with you and take a sniff when your feeling fatigued.

10. Go to bed at the same time every night Most people don’t get enough sleep, and leg spasticity may be keeping you up at night.  

11. Reduce your weight:  Being overweight will make you feel fatigued.  Watch what you’re eating and exercise to maintain a healthy weight.

12. Not Pacing, Planning, or Prioritizing Your Life:  It’s important to have balance in your life. It’s important to balance fatigue and rest.  Devise a plan on what needs to be done and organize your tasks so that they are manageable.

13. Eating Breakfast Everyday:  When you first wake up your blood sugar is low, eating a proper breakfast is an energy booster.  Skipping breakfast drains your energy contributing to fatigue. 

14. Check out your iron levels:  If you’re not getting enough iron that you may feel fatigued.  Eat fish, eggs, fortified cereals, and beans to fight against multiple sclerosis fatigue.

15. Last but not least:  Fatigue is a symptom of MS and you should not feel bad when asking for help.  Spend your energy on what matters and determine what you can ask others for in helping you conserve your valuable resources.

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January 30, 2012 Posted by | Everyday Life, Fatigue, Symptoms | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Am Desparate for Feed Back


Hello All!
I am going crazy trying to figure out what is going on with me.

I recently changed neurologists because I wasn’t getting anywhere with my old neuro. The new Dr. ran lots of blood tests and ordered new MRIs.

Yesterday I had a consult with him and he told me my MRI hasn’t changed since my last one 3 years ago. He told me my symptoms do not correlate with my MRI and as a matter of fact, my MRI isn’t characteristic with MS.

He also tested me for other things like lupus, lyme disease, etc. but everything came back normal.

He told me that my symptoms are psycho-somatic, basically not real and that I have a deeper issue than the symptoms.

I am stunned. Has anyone else gone through this before? Is it possible for me to have symptoms but all tests come back negative?

As I write this, I am fatigued, some of my fingers don’t work like they should and I have tingling all down my right side.

Advice on where to turn now would be soooooo helpful.

Thanks
xo
Lora

June 30, 2010 Posted by | Everyday Life, Fatigue, multiple sclerosis, Relapses, Symptoms | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Trouble Breathing


Hello –

Still recovering from the drug mishap courtesy of Caremark.  New developments include trouble breathing.   Has this happened to anyone else before?  Let me know.  I’m not sure if it’s a drug issue or an MS symptom.  Thoughts and comments welcome!

July 10, 2008 Posted by | Pharmaceutical Therapies, Symptoms | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Relapsing


Tingling, tremors and brain fog!  Oh my!

That’s been life these past 3 days including the usual loss of balance, blind spots and falling asleep standing up!  Yikes!

I started a three day course of solu-medrol and finished it today.  It’s my third treatment in six months.  I haven’t really seen a huge improvement with this treatment – ever.  I still have the symptoms that originated 6 months ago plus some more.  Has anyone else had this experience with solu-medrol?

For me, solu-medrol is a sedative.  I fall asleep during my treatments and I am really lethargic the rest of the day.  I also get the metallic taste and for me it lasts and lasts as well as nausea. 

If this treatment doesn’t solve anything in the next month or so, my Neurologist is going to put me on a clinical trial.  I will let you know what it is when I find out and tell you if it’s something worth checking out.

In the mean time, let me know which treatments have worked for you.

Stay positive,

Lora

March 21, 2008 Posted by | Pharmaceutical Therapies, Relapses, Symptoms | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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