Fighting Fatigue: new research on an invisible symptom of multiple sclerosis
When David was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 16 years ago, he read everything he could about the neurological condition and how it would affect his life. A recurring theme was the impact of physical and mental fatigue reported by people living with MS.
“I remember thinking – fatigue? Really? It can’t be that bad,” says David.
“I was wrong. Persistent mental and physical fatigue has robbed me of the ability to do many of the things I used to enjoy, including work. Simple activities such as reading a book can be difficult, as I forget what I’ve just read and need to re-read it.”
Many people with MS report fatigue as their worst symptom.
“I have friends with MS who are in wheel chairs or bed-bound, yet they too say fatigue is one of their worst symptoms,” says David “If you don’t have MS, don’t just dismiss it as someone being tired. It’s a lot more than that.”
David has tried a variety of medications to help combat fatigue, however they have not helped.
Research Fellow Dr Jo Lane and her team at the Research School of Population Health at the Australian National University, have responded to the call by people living with MS-related fatigue and are trying to find a solution. Read more»
** This MS research forms part of the University’s ‘Our Health in Our Hands’ Grand Challenges Scheme. This initiative aims to transform healthcare by developing new personalised health technologies and solutions in collaboration with people living with MS, clinicians and health care providers.