Getting Past Fatigue: How One Person with MS Manages
Many Americans with disabilities face each day with a fundamental disadvantage: fatigue. Fatigue has a major impact on people with multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, spinal cord injury, post-polio syndrome, and many other disabilities.
Candace Bennett, writer and a person with MS, notes that fatigue first taxes the central nervous system when the body must repeatedly resend misdirected nerve impulses. Secondarily, fatigue requires a person with limited mobility to use a lot of extra energy ambulating, communicating, and just working through normal activities in each day: dressing, eating, bathing, and thinking. When those abilities are compromised, the devastating effect of fatigue is, in many cases, one of the most limiting secondary conditions. The overall effect can lead to curtailing activities, especially when it comes to recreation and exercise. Read Candace's article on her experiences with dealing with fatigue at http://www.ncpad.org/170/1305/Parks~and~Recreation~Budget~Cuts~~Phase~~Accommodation.