sailor girlFighting Fatigue

Fatigue is one of the most common and annoying problems for people with MS. It is a difficult one to understand for others, since it is not manifested by a highly visible symptoms. It can often be treated very effectively once its cause can be determined. Four specific types of fatigue are seen in MS, and sometimes more than one is found in a single individual.

Specific Suggestions (Adapted from Symptom Management)

Energy can be conserved in almost all of our daily tasks in the kitchen, around the house, in the yard and at the workplace. Here are 8 specific suggestions for easing common chores. They will spark your own thinking on practical ways to minimize your energy levels.

I. Use wheeled utility carts or trays to transport numerous and/or heavy items.

2. If storage cabinets are deep and hard to reach, use lazy susans or sliding drawers to bring supplies and utensils within easy reach.

3. Slide heavy items along work surfaces, rather than lifting them.

4. In the kitchen or workroom, use a damp dish cloth, or a sticky substance such as Dycem to keep a pot or bowl in place while stirring or a piece of machinery in place while working on it.

5. Use adaptive equipment, such as cx-tended handles for dusters or brushes, to avoid bending or stretching.

6. Always use leg and arm muscles rather than back muscles when lifting an infant or child.

7. In a work situation, arrange desk and chair heights to facilitate maintaining proper posture, reducing slumping of shoulders and neck flexion. Use a chair with good back support.

8. Sit while dressing whenever possible, dress the weaker side first; when undressing, undress the strong side first.

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