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MS Fatigue:

Ways to Help Reduce

the MS Fatigue

MS fatigue is often present in the majority of cases of Multiple Sclerosis, that are diagnosed each year, and can be mild to severe and come and go or be more constant.  This means that MS fatigue can be serious enough to the point where it can prevent many MS patients from being able to function on a regular basis.

MS fatigue can be aggravated by several things including the following:

* Eating the too many over processed fats  -- including hyrdogenated or partially hydrogenated fats, butter and/or animal fats, which over tax the digestive tract and are much more difficult for our bodies to break down these fats.

* Not adding enough of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids to the diet or as supplements - this can include adding fish and fish oils or reating more oily fish like sardines or Alaskan Salmon, eating more nuts and seeds, adding ground flaxseeds to the diet, taking supplements like Evening Oil Primrose or Fish Oils (make sure the fish oils are purified and tested for removing the mercury that may be in the initial source of the fish oils).

* having too many of certain vitamin deficiencies -- this can include deficiencies in B vitamins, iron, zinc, selenium and vitamin D;  B vitamins and iron help to increase energy levels, if these are needed, while selenium and zinc help the body to get rid of toxins and help to boost the immune system

* having too many problems with the body not eliminating toxins or detoxifying as it should -- this can include lymph drainage problems, problems with constipation, digestive problems (including leaky gut syndrome) or problems with more elevated levels of heavy metals, pesticides or other chemicals in your system

* having one or more active infections present in the body at one time -- infections can greatly reduce the effectiveness of the immune system or over tax the central nervous system when Multiple Sclerosis is present as well as increase the fatigue that is being experienced.

* having food or other allergies -- doctors can test you to se what allergies you may have; if the allergens are known and can be avoided, this can greatly reduce the fatigue that may be adding to the MS fatigue

Ways to help reduce the MS fatigue that you may be experiencing:

* rest more often

* sleeping as much as you can at night (and try to avoid spending most of your sleep time during the day light hours) or reset your body clock

*  take extra vitamin D, since this not only boosts the immune system, but also helps to prevent infections more often

* reduce the stress on your system as much as you can

* divide daily tasks up into smaller, bite-size tasks and rest in between each step to reduce over taxing your already weakened body.

Some vitamin deficiencies that can contribute to how severe MS fatigue can become.  Possible vitamin deficiences that may contribute to MS fatigue can include:

B vitamin deficiencies

Any number of B vitamin deficiencies and B vitamin cofactors can contribute to the presence of much worse fatigue. This list can include vitamin B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3(Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic acid), B6 (Pyridine), B12 (Cyanocobalamine)or either of the B vitamin cofactors of Choline or Inositol.

Often B vitamin deficiencies are part of the problem contributing to the fatigue, including B complex, B-12, B-5 and B-6.  Inadequate B-12 levels are often more of a common problem when it comes to the majority of cases of Multiple Sclerosis.

B-12 and most of the other B vitamin supplements need to be taken twice a day, since B-12 is water soluable and doesn't stay in the body for as long as the fat-soluable vitamins.

Iron Deficiency

The lack of adequate iron in the diet and in
the blood stream can be a factor in situations of extreme fatigue, because Iron helps the Red Blood Cells to be able to carry oxygen throughout our bodies. When inadequate oxygen levels are found to be a problem in those us, who have been given the
diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, then extreme fatigue can be present. If you are very low in Iron, this is called anemia. Iron is also considered one of the “stress vitamins”.

An iron deficiency or anemnia can also contribute to the fatigue, but since only a limited amount of iron can be taken per day to avoid levels becoming toxic, the iron levels in the blood need to be tested before iron supplements can be taken.

But it should also be considered that in light of the most recent findings of Dr. Paolo Zamboni, and the recent MS breakthrough, according to Dr. Zamboni, MS patients tend to have higher levels of iron in the brain, which may mean that iron should not be taken as a supplement until it has been determined if insufficient blood blow to the brain may be present for each particular case of Multiple Sclerosis to determine if there may also be a possibility of higher levels of iron present in the brain of the MS patient.

When a person with MS is undergoing a prolonged period of stress, the body can demand more iron, because of the higher demand that is placed on the red blood cells to be able to transport higher levels of oxygen at a faster pace. BUT keep in mind that the level of iron that is present in your blood MUST be monitored by a medical doctor, because it is dangerous for the level of iron to be too high in the blood, because this can cause much bigger problems.

Extremely high levels of iron in the blood, for any length of time, can damage or possibly even destroy the function of the kidneys, making it that the kidneys have a more difficult time filtering toxins out of your blood, so that the toxins can be removed from your body. We can’t live without kidneys and we can’t live without a liver. The main thing to remember here is that you need to find a licensed medical doctor, which has experience working with vitamins, nutritional or dietary changes, herbs, homeopathic remedies or other natural ways of reducing the symptoms of MS. The doctor determines what levels of the various supplements are deficient in your body before prescribing what is needed to correct the deficiencies.

Selenium and zinc -- these help to detoxify the body from heavy metals and pesticides, especially mercury and other heavy metals.

Other factors that can contribute to the extreme exhaustion, which you may be experiencing with your particular case of MS, are an under active thyroid and exhausted adrenal glands. These 2 glands produce hormones that, when these are under active, can add to extreme exhaustion. There are other glands in your system that may also contribute to the extreme exhaustion and you should discuss this with your doctor, since your doctor can test the hormone levels to decide if this may be part of the problem, in
your case.

Certain viruses and infections can also contribute to extreme exhaustion. The main one that comes to mind, that can cause more extreme MS fatigue can include the Epstein Barr virus (the virus that is responsible for Mononucleosis), but there can be others that may also be present and contribute to the fatigue. discuss this with your doctor to see if further testing may be part of what your doctor decides is needed to determine if any added factors that are treatable may be present.

If you have a much lower red blood cell count, this can cause fatigue or at least increase the Multiple Sclerosis fatigue that you may already be experiencing. If you have high levels of white cells this can indicate that an infection is active in your body. Many types of infections can also contribute to your overall exhaustion.

You may also have some allergic reactions to some type of food, pollen, dust, molds, or even chemical allergies. Reactions to allergies can produce a broad range of symptoms, including fatigue, hyperactivity, headaches, sore throat, sinus problems, etc. Some doctors test for allergies will test you for what specific allergies, where they can formulate a overall allergy serum for you to take on a regular basis, that is a combiantion that takes all of your allergies into account.  This serum can be taken for a period of time to help neutralize your body to the toxins and boost your immunity to reduce your over reactive responses to the allergens.

Because the extreme exhaustion that is often present with Multiple Sclerosis, may have quite a few factors that contribute to the extreme exhaustion, you might need to try a few different doctors before you find one that does not discount the fatigue as “part of the Multiple Sclerosis” instead of trying to determine if there may be something else contributing the extreme fatigue that can be addressed to reduce or possibly even eliminate the MS fatigue, depending on which combination of things are contributing to your MS fatigue.

Once it is determined which combination of changes that are what your body needs to help reduce MS fatigue and the changes are made, this can help tremendously in reducing the MS fatigue, although at times the changes need to be done for a period of time for you to gain and actually be able to see the benefits to making the changes.  If the MS fatigue is more extreme, it may take longer to see the MS fatigue be reduced on a more regular basis.

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