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"Living with M.S. is sort of like training for a long race. The harder you try, and the longer you keep at it, the stronger you become.
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Lethargy - Facing MS symptoms from A to Z




“Let me just rest a moment. Or a gazillion moments.”

What is lethargy? It’s generally defined as a lack of energy, enthusiasm, vigor, and vim. Full-body weakness is a hallmark of this wearing woe, which is a common complaint for those living with multiple sclerosis.



MSers frequently describe this condition, which can creep up gradually or strike rather suddenly. We can be right in the middle of a challenge, task, or project. And we simply stop.

Just like that.

MS-related lethargy can be moderate or altogether crippling. Fortunately, if often abates (at least, in part) over time.

Lethargy can be a particular problem for MS warriors when hot weather or other overheating raises body temperatures. This phenomenon has been documented as Uhthoffs Syndrome.

“Lassitude” and “languor” are similar words that’s commonly associated with MS. These point to mental or physical weariness (or both), linked to a lack of energy.

Medications, stress reduction, and other options may help, but this overwhelming tiredness is still a battle for most MS warriors.


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