Fatigue - an overwhelming tiredness - is one of the most common symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
If you were once an energetic “up and at ‘em” person, this can be the symptom that affects your life the most.
Nevertheless, there are a few simple ways you can effectively manage MS fatigue.
WHAT CAUSES MS FATIGUE?
There are two main reasons that MS causes fatigue:
Primary Fatigue caused by neurological damage in the brain and spinal cord. It’s still not clear exactly why this leads to fatigue, but it’s likely that tremors, muscle weakness and spasms can use up more energy; leaving less for other activities.
Secondary Fatigue is a result of living with all the other symptoms of MS; pain, lack of stability, disturbed sleep and depression. These constants take their toll on your body and can lead to making even the simplest of tasks feel exhaustive.
HOW TO MANAGE MS FATIGUE?
Now, there’s nothing we can do or say that will completely eliminate your fatigue for good. However, these five tips are likely to make a significant improvement to your energy levels and make getting through the day that little bit easier.
1. Listen to your Physician
This should go without saying, but always listen to your Doctor. During your regular appointments, your Physician may advise and prescribe medications to assist.
None of the following tips should be used in place of that protocol, but instead may further improve your energy.
2. Rest when you need to
Not having an unlimited supply of energy can be a bitter pill to swallow. However, resting regularly and effectively can be a great way to put more energy into the things that matter.
Taking small and frequent breaks can help prevent you from reaching the point of complete exhaustion; this could be in the form of a short nap or allocated time slots of simply relaxing.
One thing to be aware of is to make sure you’re actually resting. Although small chores and spending time with your family might feel more relaxing than work, they will still build fatigue over time. As tricky as it is, aim to switch off both your mind and body.
Most importantly, don’t feel guilty for resting when you need to. Communicate with your loved ones and realize that resting now means more energy for the things that matter later.
3. Take care of your health
Combining an exercise and a healthy eating regime can reduce fatigue by:
Maintaining a healthy body weight:
If you are physically out of shape and overweight, every activity requires more energy. Exercise and eating healthily can help your body become more efficient during tasks like walking and climbing the stairs.
Avoiding foods that cause a crash:
Sugary foods and caffeine are great for a quick ‘pick-me-up’. But
this is short-lived and can lead to a sudden dip in energy, as well as disturbing the quality of your sleep. Minimizing these and including plenty of fruits and vegetables is a great way to maintain steady energy levels throughout the day.
4. Accept Help When It’s Available
People might say “If there’s anything you need, just let me know” and it can be hard to accept help, even when someone is offering it.
However, one useful tip is to write a list of tasks that you’d like help with and then when someone offers, you can easily pick something off your list without automatically responding with “No, thank you.”
5. Use complementary and alternative therapies
There are plenty of therapies out there that are not considered to be part of mainstream healthcare - Marijuana, Aromatherapy, Honey Bee Venom, and many more.
Another option is Taopatch - a discreet and easy to apply patch that uses 100% safe light therapy to fight against the causes of MS fatigue by reducing pain and improving stability and mobility in as little as four hours.
You’re probably thinking “Great. Another thing that won’t work”, and you’re right to be skeptical. After all, you’ve been promised results with massage, acupuncture and reflexology. But none of these have been proven to
work with MS Patients.
Taopatch has been shown to work in 16 scientific studies, is endorsed by over 2200 physicians and is prescribed to treat MS in Europe.
Of course, you should still follow the tips we provided above, but Taopatch is the perfect complementary therapy that is all but guaranteed to improve your fatigue.
If on rare off chance it doesn’t help manage your MS fatigue within 90 days? No problem. Just let us know and we’ll give you a 100% refund.