Multiple sclerosis (MS) or also called multiple sclerosis (double) is a disorder due to the immune system attacks the nerves or myelin membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.
Among some MS symptoms such as blurred vision or double vision, impaired motor coordination, loss of balance, numbness, tingling, hand and leg weakness, fatigue is a symptom that appears most consistent, says neuroscientist Jeffrey Cohen, MD, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research in Ohio.
Despite the fatigue caused by MS can be frustrating, there are things you can do to minimize or at least manage it.
It would be very helpful if you think that energy is like money in the bank: you have to make a budget of how much energy you can spend on each activity, in order to avoid unnecessary energy wastage. Here is a tip to make sure your energy use is effective:
1. Work closely with health service providers.
The right treatment will help control fatigue. Make regular appointments with your doctor so that your MS under control.
2. Avoid exposure to heat.
The heat will drain energy a person with MS. In some cases, if you are no longer resistant to heat, you should consider moving to colder climates.
3. Taking care of yourself.
“A healthy diet and regular exercise can actually help overcome fatigue,” explains Cohen.
“If you are overweight, all you do need more energy.”
4. Combine exercise with awareness.
Sports that involve methods of meditation such as Tai Chi and Yoga, has been shown to help manage fatigue due to MS.
Try to take moment to rest during the day. This will help you ensure that you have enough energy to dusk.
6. Discuss the medications you should consume with your doctor.
Provigil (modafanil) is a drug ‘ignition energy’ which works for some people. Antivirus Symmetrel (amantadine) can also help.
7. Seek help if you are depressed.
Depression makes fatigue worse. Consider to consult with medical experts and psychologists MS. Together, they can help you get through the depression.
8. Simplify your life.
If a job makes you stressed, consider what actions you can take to reduce stress. The same rule applies to other things in your life.