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Let’s start with some basic information about fatigue. According to the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC), fatigue is a feeling of exhaustion, tiredness, weariness or lack of energy and is typically broken down into three types: physical, psychological, and mental. Individuals living with brain injury and/or those living with chronic conditions (e.g., lupus, MS, etc.) may suffer from a combination of these types of fatigue on a daily basis.
As a result, they may
- be limited in the types of activities they are able to do
- have difficulty thinking clearly
- get overwhelmed easily
- take on more than is possible at the time
Furthermore, time estimation and time management skills are essential when performing activities, yet these very skills are often significantly impacted when one is fatigued. As a result, individuals tend to overestimate and/or underestimate their ability to complete tasks within a certain time frame. Consequently, they may introduce unnecessary fatigue by not taking frequent breaks, not identifying appropriate break activities, and/or staying at a task too long.
Fatigue issues can significantly interfere with daily functioning whether at home, school, or work. In fact, it has been found to be one of the primary causes of early departure from the workforce in individuals with MS.
How common is low energy/fatigue? It might seem obvious that low energy/fatigue is a common issue among individuals dealing with chronic conditions, but you might be surprised at just how common it is.
- Brain Injury — As many as 73% of individuals with brain injury complain of fatigue for up to 5 years post-injury (Oliver et al., 1996).
- MS — Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of MS, occurring in about 80% of people living with MS (National Multiple Sclerosis Society).
- Lupus — As many as 80% of people living with lupus experience fatigue (lupus.org).
So, are you surprised?
PaceMyDay is an application that allows users to learn to self-regulate by adjusting task durations based on current energy levels in order to improve their energy and to help optimize wellness. Stay tuned for more information on how the PaceMyDay app approaches the issue of energy management!