Reflective accounts

Fatigue in MS patients

A CPD article improved Craig Hopkins’ knowledge of the benefits of non-pharmacological therapies such as yoga

A CPD article improved Craig Hopkins’ knowledge of the benefits of non-pharmacological therapies such as yoga.

Abstract

As a newly appointed clinical nurse specialist in multiple sclerosis (MS), I found this article of particular interest. MS is a highly complex central nervous system disease, usually diagnosed in young adults. For many patients, it results in reduced quality of life.

The fatigue that is experienced by many people with the illness can range from mild to debilitating. It is probably the most difficult symptom to explain and a challenge to evaluate objectively, yet it is wholly tangible to patients.

A young adult with the illness who is undertaking education or establishing a career may be anxious about their future or ability to earn an income, for example, while the parent of young children may find the illness affects their ability to care for, and enjoy time with, their children. Alongside this, many people with MS contend with a general lack of knowledge, understanding and empathy from friends, family and employers.

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This reflective account is based on NS799 Hourihan SJ (2015) Managing fatigue in adults with multiple sclerosis. Nursing Standard. 29, 43, 51-58.

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