Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms experienced by people with MS and, for some, it is the symptom that affects them most. Different people have different experiences of fatigue and it can impact on all aspects of life. It can come and go, or change over time and could be one of the first symptoms you experience, or something that appears years later.

Fatigue is difficult to explain. In MS, it is not just an ordinary tiredness that people might experience after a hard day’s work or strenuous exercise. Many describe it as an overwhelming sense of tiredness for no apparent reason. Some people become tired after very little activity, or rarely wake up feeling refreshed in the morning.

While there is still much to learn about the exact causes of fatigue in MS, many people have found ways to minimise its effects.

Health and social care professionals can help with managing fatigue, but because fatigue in MS may have a variety of causes, and affects each person differently, there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment.

Some people may be prescribed drugs, though, for many, a combination of self-management strategies, physiotherapy and exercise helps reduce the impact of their fatigue.


Useful links and resources:


Latest News

More news

What's hot


Treks 2018

Get active for MS and sign up to trek with us in 2018. Challenge yourself to trek to Everest Base Camp or join us in Jordan or Italy. The choice is yours!

Find out more

Events Calendar

» Our next Event

24 January 2018: Physiotherapist designed and led exercise programme for people with MS.

View all events


If you'd like to receive e-news updates from The Society please enter your email address below. If you want to know more about how we manage personal data then please see our privacy policy.

My local MSI

Map of MS Ireland's service areas South Mid West West Midlands South East North East North West North Dublin City and Fingal South West Dublin and Kildare South East Dublin and Wicklow