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Sick & Tired: Recognizing and Treating Fatigue in Persons With Multiple Sclerosis

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Course Description

This program is worth up to 1.0 CME credits.

Fatigue is the most commonly reported symptom in persons with Multiple Sclerosis. Fatigue interferes with sustained usual function, and is a significant cause of loss of employment and disability in otherwise unimpaired persons with MS. Additionally, contributing factors, such as other symptoms due to MS and co-morbidities that can contribute to and worsen primary MS fatigue, need to be addressed as well. Despite its prevalence, primary MS fatigue is often under recognized and treated in the MS population. This course includes information about the presentation and mechanisms of MS fatigue, as well as treatment strategies for both primary MS fatigue and contributing factors.

Course Syllabus

Up to 1.0 CME credit


Members: FREE $29.00*
Nonmembers: $49.00

*Free access is limited to one course at a time for eligible members.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this program the learner will:

Identify fatigue in persons with MS, distinguish between primary and secondary causes of fatigue, and implement effective management for this symptom. Specifically:

  • Identify fatigue in persons with MS
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary causes of fatigue
  • Implement the appropriate management for fatigue in persons with MS

Core Competencies

  • Patient Care
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Medical Knowledge

Date of Release

July 13, 2012

This module is eligible for CME credits for three years from the release date.

Confidentiality of Data

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Faculty & Disclosures

Clinical Professor of Neurology
David Geffen School of Medicine
*Dr. Giesser has nothing to disclose.

Unlabeled Use Disclosure

The use of modafinil, armodafinil, anti-depressants and amantadine for treatment of MS fatigue are off label. The use of anti-depressants and anticonvulsants for treatment of neuropathic pain are off label. The use of diazepam for spasticity is off label. The use of amitriptyline for nocturia is off label. The use of chemotherapeutic agents (other than mitoxantrone) for disease modifying therapy is off label.

Distance Learning Subcommittee, Chair

University of Utah Department of Neurology
Salt Lake City, Utah
*Dr. Smith has received personal compensation for activities with Allergan, Baxter Bioscience, Merz, Pfizer and NeurogesX as a consultant..

Peer Reviewers

Sylvia Klineova, MD
Assistant Professor
CGD Center for Multiple Sclerosis
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
*Dr. Klineova has received personal compensation for activities with Teva Neuroscience as a scientific advisory board member.

NeuroLearn Staff:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tracy King, MA, Senior Manager, Education
*Ms. King has nothing to disclose.

Jodi Brenden Amir, Program Manager, Distance Learning
*Ms. Brenden Amir has nothing to disclose.

Susan Rodmyre, Director, Education
*Ms. Rodmyre has nothing to disclose.

Kurt Wiersma, Senior Manager, Web Development
*Mr. Wiersma has nothing to disclose.

Lori Strachota, Program Manager, Conference Management, Registration
*Ms. Strachota has nothing to disclose.

*Relationship Disclosure

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