What is the role of fatigue in multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Fatigue is one of the most common symptom of MS, reported by at least 75% of patients with the disease. [55] Fatigue is described as an overwhelming feeling of lassitude or lack of physical or mental energy that interferes with activities.

An estimated 50–60% of persons with MS describe fatigue as one of their most bothersome symptoms, and it is a major reason for unemployment among MS patients. One should rule out comorbid medical conditions, such as infections, anemia, vitamin deficiencies (eg, vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin D deficiency) or thyroid disease, before attributing fatigue to MS.


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