It is difficult to describe or even measure fatigue. People living with Parkinson’s disease can experience moments of intense fatigue. This fatigue occurs even if the person has not made any physical effort or done any type of activity; it also does not improve with rest. Its severity is not related to the motor symptoms.
The impact and severity of fatigue on one’s daily life varies from individual to individual and its intensity can also change throughout the day.
You may feel energetic and able to complete daily tasks at certain times of the day, and lack the energy to do small, everyday things at other times.
Implementing actions to better manage fatigue is essential to maintain a good quality of life. Talk with your neurologist about it.
infographics: About 50% of people living with Parkinson’s disease are affected.
Fatigue manifests itself differently depending on the individual:
There exists many causes that interact with one another and are responsible for fatigue. Some of these causes can be treated and others cannot:
Mental fatigue can also be exacerbated by difficulty concentrating, memorizing, or performing cognitive tasks.
People living with Parkinson’s disease often use these phrases to describe their fatigue:
Out of the many medical conditions, lack of sleep and aging can be the cause of fatigue. In general, the fatigue associated with Parkinson’s disease improves with antiparkinsonian treatments, but does not go away completely.
Your neurologist can help you determine the cause of your fatigue and eventually find the best treatment.
To better manage this fatigue and improve your quality of life, take a comprehensive approach:
Fatigue can start a vicious cycle in which you become less and less active. Try to find a balance between regular physical activity and rest. Ask for help when you need it.
Some people who were “hyperactive” before their diagnosis will not return to their previous energy levels. However, this does not prevent them from being productive in their leisure time and activities.
Fatigue is usually treated by adopting new lifestyle habits. In the most severe cases, neurologists may find it useful to prescribe drugs to stimulate the nervous system
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