I have spent quite a while just sitting at my desk wanting to write a blog but feeling absolutely exhausted. The thought of lifting my hands and typing feels like too much. Sounds ridiculous right?!
The MS Trust outlines how people with MS have described fatigue:
It reminds me of falling into quicksand/a swamp – it’s a viscous, heavy, pulling feeling, but if I try to fight it, it hurts like hell and robs me of breath.
Fatigue feels like being weighed down, as if you are trying to walk up to your neck in a deep, muddy river in heavy, wet clothes carrying shopping bags full of rocks.
Fatigue feels as if I am an inflatable, and someone has pulled the airstopper out!
Fatigue leaves me feeling dulled and tired. I find it hard to concentrate and to absorb new ideas, and I’m often confused, searching for the right word, and forgetting things.
(info copied from https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/fatigue#whatis)
I can relate to every single quote above. My body and mind feel empty. There is nothing I can do to make the fatigue disappear. I go to sleep and wake up not feeling refreshed or ready for the day. I try to relax but find it difficult with pain. I try to ‘push through’ and do the things I want to but I soon discover that there is no ‘pushing through’ with fatigue. In the past I could keep going even if I was tired, but since MS the word ‘tired’ has a whole new meaning. It is a hideous and common symptom in MS.
Has anyone found any good ways to manage their fatigue?