Lassitude a.k.a. physical or mental weariness a.k.a. MS Fatigue. This is fatigue like no other. It's not caused by lack of sleep or running around like a headless chicken even though it feels that way. Fatigue typically hits me between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. I start to feel very sluggish despite the fact that I slept for 6 to 7 hours the night before. I don't drink more than one cup of coffee per day because I am naturally hyper. Some doctors might be tempted to diagnose me with ADD if they were to ask my family what I'm like between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. For me that's my down time which is usually spent blogging, talking, doing puzzles, cooking, reading, or watching TV and doing at least 3 of these activities at the same time.
Here are some things I found about fatigue that I thought would be helpful for the MS community or anyone else trying to combat fatigue.
Get a B12 boost, especially if you take meds used to treat heartburn, cholesterol and diabetes which hinder B12's absorption. Also if you are a vegetarian since the vitamin is found in red meat. By taking 1,000 mcg. of sublingual (under the tongue) B12 daily, your energy levels can improve within 3 weeks. They are absorbed 5 times better than regular B12 pills. Always check with your doctor before starting a new supplement.
Brighten your mood with clary sage. Yes, this essential oil locks onto the same brain receptors that antidepressant medications do which increases serotonin output and can cut fatigue and tension as much as 50%. Keep a vial of clary sage oil handy and inhale slowly and deeply four times daily or whenever you need an energy boost. You can find this oil at just about any health food store.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
If this sickness has been caused by an infectious organism, show me the weakness in my immune system that has allowed it to find entrance into my body. Show me if I am eating wrong. Show me if I am relying on medications and man-made answers that are not in your will for me. I loose, strip, and destroy the power and hold of this infection or disease from my body. I loose, strip, and destroy the reproductive cycle of this organism. I loose any wrong beliefs, any wrong attitudes, any bitterness from my soul that are sustaining vulnerability and weakness in my body. I ask you to reveal any other sources of access that are in me.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
Breaking The Power--Liberty Savard
(Bridge-Logos Publishing 1997)
Whether you have MS, or some other illness in your body, consider meditating on this prayer.