MS fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis. As well as being one of the most common symptoms of MS, fatigue is often one of the most easily missed.
Fatigue is so hard to explain because it’s not an obvious symptom to look at and can often come across like someone is tired, or maybe even seem exhausted or lazy. Here is the Shift.MS #12DaysofXms video Dean shares his experience with Fatigue and he explains it SO well…
MY STORY WITH FATIGUE:
Fatigue has been one of my main symptoms and one which I’ve struggled with for a long time. I’ve found ways to manage it now
There was one occasion where I had experienced a particularly busy day at work on a photoshoot which had required an early 7am start and long travel times. I had committed to going to a Christmas party in the evening which the activity I found out upon arrival was Ice Skating followed by a meal in town.
I started to notice I was feeling pretty exhausted after the long day on the train journey to meet my colleagues when I couldn’t quite concentrate on holding a conversation. It was as if I was staring blankly at the group which they spoke at me. I then noticed it again when I was Ice Skating as my legs were, as Dean describes, ‘wading through snow’ just to get around the rink. I made it to the dinner table in the restaurant and as the meal went on my eyes just became heavier, my words felt like they were slurring and coming out in slow motion and I was certain I was about to face plant the table any minute.
I ended up sitting at the table in complete silence contemplating how I was even going to make it home and wished there was some way I could by-pass the 1 hour commute and miraculously end up tucked up in bed! At 11pm I excused myself and began what felt like a mission to travel the lengths and breaths of Europe, aka. Central London to Hertfordshire. 2 Tubes, 1 Train and 1 Car ride later I was home.
I had 5 hours sleep instead of my usual 8 and that episode of Fatigue had a knock on affect for the rest of the week. It acted as a huge reminded of just how important it is to go at my own pace, rest when needed and simply don’t do too much.
I’d love to hear your stories of fatigue so please go either comment below or go to the Say Hello! page 🙂