More than just tired

If you have multiple sclerosis, chances are you've suffered from fatigue. It can be hard to explain how MS fatigue feels to someone who hasn't experienced it, and there's a good reason for this. MS fatigue, also called primary MS fatigue, really is different.

MS symptoms, such as bladder issues, spasticity, mobility issues, and respiratory problems, can lead to fatigue. However, just having MS can cause fatigue all on its own. So far, doctors don't know what causes this type of fatigue. But if all other possible reasons for fatigue have been ruled out, primary MS fatigue is diagnosed.

Compared to regular fatigue, primary MS fatigue tends to be more severe and harder to cope with. It interferes with your daily activities much more than regular fatigue. People with MS fatigue find it hard to ignore and often need to sit or lie down and rest.

MS fatigue generally occurs more suddenly and frequently than regular fatigue. For many people with MS, it happens every day. Usually it starts early in the morning and gets worse throughout the day. Hot, humid weather can also make it worse. Unlike other types of fatigue, MS fatigue is not directly related to the severity of MS.

So what can you do about MS fatigue? See your doctor to narrow down the possible causes of your fatigue, and read "MS fatigue treatment options" and "Lifestyle changes to cope with MS fatigue" to find out more.

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