Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of MS, occurring in about 80% of people with multiple sclerosis. Fatigue can significantly interfere with a person's ability to work and function. It may be the most prominent symptom in a person who otherwise has minimal disease impacts.
Researchers are beginning to outline the characteristics of multiple sclerosis fatigue that make it different from fatigue experienced by other people.
Multiple sclerosis fatigue generally occurs on a daily basis and:
- tends to worsen as the day progresses
- tends to be aggravated by heat and humidity
- comes on more easily and suddenly
- is generally more severe than normal fatigue
- is more likely to interfere with daily responsibilities.
The cause of fatigue in multiple sclerosis is currently unknown. Ongoing studies are seeking to find an objective test that can be used as a marker for fatigue and for precise ways to measure it.
Learn more: publications
Learn more: previous webinars
MS Fatigue - General Overview
This webinar describes what MS fatigue is, how it is different to everyday fatigue and explains the different types of MS specific fatigue. This recording also discusses the contributing factors to fatigue and where to seek further advice.
(Recorded 11 July 2016)
Webinar Handout: MS Fatigue - General Overview
Managing MS Fatigue - General Management Strategies
This webinar will help you explore management strategies for this invisible symptom. Energy effectiveness techniques, diet, exercise and communication will all form part of the discussion which is led by Andrea Salmon.
(Recorded 16 February 2017)
Webinar handout: MS Fatigue Management Strategies
Managing Fatigue in the Workplace
This program focusses on fatigue management strategies that are particularly helpful for people at work. It is led by the Occupation Therapists who are Employment Support Consultants at MS
(Recorded 12 August 2016)
Webinar handout: Managing Fatigue in the Workplace
Learn more: upcoming programs
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