1. It helps to understand fatigue

Fatigue is very common after Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) and it is not related to the amount of functional recovery that you make. Fatigue can be so severe it interferes with doing the activities you’re used to doing.

Other people with GBS have found it helpful to learn about the general features of fatigue and options for managing fatigue. Sometimes trying out strategies is the best way to find what works best for you. Fatigue is common to a lot of conditions and so there are a lot of resources available, which are also useful for people with GBS like:

2. Activity helps reduce fatigue in GBS

3. Set targets and make plans

4. Support helps

People find support helpful when trying to work towards goals. There are lots of ways people can support you. They can:

  • exercise with you

  • give you encouragement

  • listen to you

5. Other ways to manage your fatigue

Improve your sleep habits: https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/healthy-living/s/sleep-tips/

Structure your day

  • balance high and low energy demanding activities.

  • Schedule a rest.

  • Make gradual changes.

Healthy diet: https://healthify.nz/hauora-wellbeing/h/healthy-eating-basics/

Check with your GP to exclude other causes of fatigue.

Author: Dr Suzie Mudge, August 2023