"I'm feeling pretty good today—just exhausted."

Sound familiar? If people with MS have one thing in common, it's a constant battle with fatigue. Though others may not notice it as much as, say, your tremors, you know just how much of an impact it can have on your day-to-day.

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For example, do you notice that you wake up feeling unrested every morning? Sleep disturbances may be contributing to your fatigue, and there may be a treatment to help you rest easier. Perhaps your balanced diet has recently gotten derailed - what you are eating may not be energizing you like your normal eating plan. Or perhaps work has become extra taxing - though you may not immediately recognize it as such, this may be the culprit that's zapping what energy your MS hasn't already.

MS itself can leave you feeling drained, but so too can related issues (like pain) and everyday challenges (like stress). This energy tracker can help you identify what may be causing or worsening fatigue, so you can make adjustments that may help keep your energy up when you need it the most.

You may notice what adjustments you can make to your schedule and habits after a few weeks of filling out the tracker. It may also be helpful to show your logs to your doctor, who may be able to identify patterns and helpful changes that you don't recognize.

Print out several copies of our Living Better With MS: Daily Energy Tracker, and fill out one at the end of each day.


Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 24 Aug 2011

Last Modified: 25 Sep 2015