6 Common Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue

As part of MS Awareness Month, we’re talking about how chronic fatigue can play a big role in multiple sclerosis. If you suffer from a chronic illness like MS, then it’s highly likely that you’ll experience fatigue from time to time. Fatigue is different than just feeling tired, and generally it’s not something that can be fixed with an early night or by taking a little break.

With tips from the pros at prevention.com, we’ve put together a list of six ways that chronic fatigue can affect sufferers on a daily basis.

You feel extremely exhausted. 

Everyone experiences feeling tired and worn out from time to time but chronic fatigue takes this a step further. People will often avoid doing things they enjoy because they don’t have the energy to go out or even get off the sofa. Getting through a day at work or school will leave them feeling extremely exhausted as though they have gone through their energy reserves and have nothing left.

You can’t get a good night’s sleep. 

You would imagine that fatigue could be solved with sleep, but patients who suffer from chronic fatigue often have trouble falling asleep or wake constantly throughout the night. This lack of sleep (or disturbed sleep) only adds to the problem and makes the fatigue worse. Even if you do get to sleep, many find that they don’t feel any better when they wake up.

Find out more about Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month here.

13 comments

  1. Teena Quinn says:

    Thankyou. I think i have finally clicked why I only sleep 3 hours a night and why I walk into walls. Fatigue! Thanks so much!

  2. Dave Garrett says:

    I’ve had MS now for 8 years and just now it affects my balance, speech, walking among other “ordinary” things that we all take for granted!!

    Please appreciate these things while you still have them!
    MS being a progressive Disease can strip you from your common abilities overnight!!!

    • Beverly says:

      Dave, I have a son Jacob who has MS. I will pray for you and ask For God’s amazing healing for you. I know how you feel, and watch my son struggle all the time. However, he is my hero and never complains and holds a full time job that he loves. I pray that a cure will be found soon. God Bless you, Dave! Bev

  3. Gstine says:

    How do you find a good neurologist? My primary doc sent me to one suspecting ms with my complaints of balance issues, pain & complete exhaustion. All he did was blood work to check my cholesterol & b12. Which were fine. Then never heard back from like next step should be. No follow up at all. Any ideas? Help. I’ve missed days of work literally due to exhaustion or problems walking & knee problems

    • LaVerne says:

      I had an MRI and lumbar puncture or spinal tap. The Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) gotten from the spinal tap definitive proof they were looking for. I had the specific enzymes like elevated levels of leg antibodies, as well as proteins called ologoclonal bands and other proteins indicating the breakdown of products of myelin. These indicate and the bodies immune response against itself; MS is an autoimmune disease. Not everyone has these proteins, but many if us do along with myriad other symptoms.

      Good luck to you!

    • Mary says:

      Call your MS society or google neurologist in your area. It’s a trial and error situation like anything else. You’ll know when you have a good one. I’ve had MS for 30 years and have been going to the Sam’s neuro the entire time.

      • Nora Fryman says:

        I was diagnosed in 1990 with MSso it been 27 yrs. My primary doctor sent me to my neurologist and have had a pretty good 27yrs except for the fatigue. It stinks but you have to try to go on with your life as much as you can. Sometimes you just have to get away from everything and rest as much as you can. I know everyone can’t do this, but just a day sometimes lets you recharge. I have been with the same neurologist all this time. He is wonderful Dr and by this time I consider him a good friend. He has been there for me in so many ways. Always answers my question as much as he can. I am 70yrs old so I feel blessed in so many. I didn’t have to start on injections until 2008 after having an MRI that was scheduled just to check and had a few new lesions,did not have a lot when I was first diagnosed and he kept pretty close watch on me and that was 18 yrs after first being diagnosed. I thank God that He brought me to this wonderful Dr and also for being in such good health other than the usual little things that pop up. I wish everyone good days and that you have a good neurologist that is a good MS Dr.

    • R Reicherts says:

      Get a spinal tap, mri done and check you D levels in blood work up find a neurologist who specializes in ms good luck

    • Karla says:

      Sometimes it takes a while to find a Neurologist that you click with, they are kind of a strange group! , but there is a great one out there for you! Just keep looking until you find one that you like. It’s important to have a Dr that you can talk to and will listen to you. Sometimes they are the ones that know what you are going through. Just keep looking, I promise there are some good ones out there! Just look until you find the one for you!

    • Lyn says:

      Have your primary doctor refer you to a MS Clinic. The Neurologists specialize in MS and you will have more treatment options if you do have MS.

  4. carla ryan says:

    I have had MS for 30 years now have had some major ups and downs with it. In the hospital several times with it. I want to thank you for this site. All these years and finding out there is a chronic fatigue syndrome. I have that a lot.So thankyou.

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