• Suzie Mudge


  • #3720

    Kia ora Christian,

    I can give you some generic advice for managing fatigue, however I’m afraid I can’t provide any commentary about the extreme fatigue you have been experiencing recently, which if I understand correctly is over and above the fatigue that you have been dealing with since your Miller Fisher diagnosis.

    Fatigue is a feature of many health conditions and therefore, there is a lot of advice on how to understand and manage available on the web that is also applicable to other conditions. A couple of great websites are:
    * https://www.mssociety.org.uk/about-ms/signs-and-symptoms/fatigue
    * https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/impacts-of-cancer/tiredness
    * you could also check out the MS energise app (from the app store) which which was developed by some colleagues at AUT

    The study that Gareth is referring to that we have just completed showed that activity helps reduce fatigue in GBS, Importantly though, progressions should be made slowly and carefully so as not to worsen fatigue. A lot of the participants in our study used FITT principles to plan and progress exercise where:
    F= frequency
    I = intensity
    T = time
    T = type
    The key thing is to only progress one of these features at a time to avoid too much overload.

    It is really important to try and avoid a ‘boom-bust’ cycle where you do so much activity that you crash for a period of time afterwards. If you feel like you’re experiencing this pattern, then it is worth trying to ease back on the amount of activity that precipitates the bout of excessive fatigue.

    As I said before, these are fairly generic principles and they all may be known to you already. Seeing an occupational therapist or physiotherapist who work in neurological rehabilitation might be helpful to look at the specific features of your fatigue to see if they can offer more individualised advice.

    Ngā mihi,