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Lived experience of MS-related fatigue-a phenomenological interview study

Int J Nurs Stud. 2003 Sep;40(7):707-17
Flensner G, Ek AC, Soderhamn O.
Department of Nursing, University of Trollhattan/Uddevalla, Campus Vanersborg, P.O. Box 1236, SE-462 28, Vanersborg, Sweden

Fatigue is a major problem among individuals diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), but its meaning in daily living is unclear.

The aim was to describe MS-related fatigue as lived by a group of individuals diagnosed with MS.

Interviews with nine individuals were analysed from a phenomenological perspective.


MS-related fatigue is living with a time-consuming and all absorbing phenomenon, involving the body and the whole human being.

Fatigue is commonly non-constructively perceived and expressed in terms of energy loss, emotional afflictions, dependency and restrictions of life in general, however, it is also constructively perceived and involves a desire to accept life and strive for a better situation.


MS-related fatigue is a comprehensive phenomenon and its relationship with self-care requires further investigation.