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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.

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

I’m Back – embarking on a NEW journey


I have been really struggling lately – fighting so many symptoms but mostly fatigue.  It’s an effort to do almost anything.  I am totally convinced that diet has so much to do with it.  As I wrote in earlier posts, I was attempting to follow a gluten-free diet.  Easier said than done.  At first I was really good and did well with it.  I began to feel better but then slipped into bad habits.

On Friday, I found the book “Healing Multiple Sclerosis   Diet, Detox, & Nutritional Makeover for Total Recovery” by Ann Boroch.  So much of what she wrote in her book made sense.  After reading her book I took a close hard look at my diet and realized what a disaster it was.  Loaded with sugar and processed foods it’s amazing my body is functioning at all. 

Our grocery stores are jam packed and jelly tight with fatal foods.  It’s no wonder that not only are we obese but are children are following right in our footsteps!  As a nation we have adopted such an unhealthy lifestyle and we are passing it down the generations. 

All of the recommendations in Ann Boroch’s book were amazing.  I have comitted to eating the right way for my body.  I am staying away from sugars, processed flours, red meats and porks.  That means my diet will consist of mostly chicken, fish, vegetables, fruit – but not a lot of fruit as it is a form of sugar and whole grains. 

Today I tried a new grain…Quinoa.  I’ve heard about it but never tried it.  This grain is awesome and has a nutty flavor.  I love nuts so this will end up being a staple in my home now. 

I expect that the first two weeks will be difficult as I detox my body and get rid of the sugar and caffeine.  I love my coffee but I love living life more so the sacrifice will be worth it!

I will keep you updated as I go along on this journey to better health.

xo

Lora

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