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How does fatigue affect children with multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Children and teens with multiple sclerosis (MS) face many of the same issues as adults with MS. They may have similar physical problems, such as vision problems, balance problems and weakness. As with adults, one of the most difficult symptoms is fatigue.

Fatigue can be a “hidden symptom” -- one that may not be obvious to an observer, but can have a profound effect on a person's life. For kids with MS, fatigue may impact their ability to get to school on time, or to function and focus in school. Fatigue may make it difficult for a child to participate in sports or clubs. Teens and college students may avoid going out with friends due to fatigue and an inability to keep up with their peers.

A student attending college in New York City described her reluctance to go out because she had trouble navigating the subway stairs when she was tired. Her solution was to become the “social planner,” making the plans for her group of friends, so she would have more control over the situation.

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