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What are the symptoms of fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) fatigue can be unpredictable. The fatigue may be short or long in duration. You may experience fatigue that worsens as the day goes on or it can come on quite suddenly, preventing you from finishing a task that you are right in the middle of completing. This type of fatigue is sometimes called lassitude. MS fatigue can be physical, emerging after a short walk in which your leg becomes weaker and eventually starts to drag, or when performing a repetitive motion, the extremity you are using just gives out unexpectedly. MS fatigue can also be mental, making it difficult for you to concentrate and stick to a mental task. Unfortunately, these types of scenarios make fatigue the number one cause of unemployment in MS.

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