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.

Find out more about symptoms, complications, assessment and treatment 

Create your own personalised symptom report using the Get your ACT together tool. The content is designed for people in the ACT, however it’s filled with information and handy tips and tricks that are useful for all people living with multiple sclerosis, wherever you live. The tool focuses on emotions, fatigue and continence, cognition, heat sensitivity, and pain.

Learn more: Get Your ACT Together online tool

To hear more symptom management strategies try the Get Your ACT Together online tool which provides you with a personalised symptom management report.

Learn more: publications

Learn more: previous webinars

MS Fatigue - General Overview

This webinar is presented by MS Employment Consultant, Diana Groenewald. It will help explain the experience of fatigue for people living with multiple sclerosis as well as provide some strategies for managing fatigue. 

(Recorded 11 July 2018)
Webinar Handout: Fatigue and Multiple Sclerosis

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.

(Recorded April 2018)
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 11 May 2017)
Webinar handout: Managing Fatigue in the Workplace

Learn more: upcoming programs

Visit our MS Education section to learn more about upcoming programs. For more information or to register please email education@ms.org.au or call MS Connect™ (Freecall 1800 042 138).


Seeing MS - Fatigue

Photographed by Juliet Taylor
Inspired by Darcy McCann's invisible symptom

It's like I'm deflated. I don't feel like doing anything.


Nerves can slowly give in to being constantly under siege, reducing your level of energy at any point during your day.

Juliet Taylor

Award-winning photographer Juliet Taylor uses a playful approach to capture the quirky and surreal. The result is a striking collection of work fueled by her ambition to innovate and discover with a camera.

About Darcy

Darcy was diagnosed with MS at only 10 years old. On the days that his fatigue hasn’t completely exhausted his energy, he loves to fish and simply be surrounded by friends.

Common symptoms

Multiple sclerosis symptoms are varied and unpredictable, depending on which part of the central nervous system is affected and to what degree.

Symptom management

There are several treatments available to ease specific symptoms and slow the progression of multiple sclerosis.

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