The Connection Between MS And Fatigue

It’s a given that if you have multiple sclerosis (MS), you’ll be tired all the time. It’s thought to be a normal part of having this condition, just like many other chronic medical conditions. But here’s an interesting study that suggests that fatigue can precede MS by up to 3 years. The researchers found that many MS patients complained of fatigue to their doctors months or even years before the first clinical signs of MS.

Here’s my take on this: I’ve written in the past about how the vast majority of people with MS that I see in my office have small jaws and narrowed upper airway anatomy. In an informal poll I conducted on Medhelp.com’s MS forum, a very high number of people had an excessive number of dental extractions, couldn’t sleep on their backs, and many of their parents snored heavily. Having excessive dental extractions causes the oral cavity to become much smaller, making the tongue take up too much space.

I’m not discounting current thinking about the origins of MS, but it’s extremely interesting that most patients with MS have very narrowed upper airway breathing anatomy which prevents achieving deep sleep. Lack of quality deep sleep can lead to various neurologic, hormonal, metabolic and digestive problems. Many patients with MS also have obstructive sleep apnea, but most will most likely have upper airway resistance syndrome, which I’ve described extensively here and in my book.

For those of you who happen to have MS:

  1. What’s your favorite sleep position (back, side or stomach)?
  2. Did you have any teeth removed besides your wisdom teeth, and if so, which ones and how many?
  3. Do either of your parents snore heavily?

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  1. Hi Dr Park,

    I find it interesting that there seem to be more & more mainstream media articles outlining how endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are linked to / potentially causing endocine/hormonal disruption/maldevelopment issues in children.

    Here are two recent examples:
    The first one discusses EDCs potentially contributing to an increase in genital malformations & infertility in boys.
    The second article discusses EDCs found in the environment which could potentially lead to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

    Special Report: The New Boys’ Health Scare:
    http://www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/advice/causes-of-male-infertility

    Scientists warn of chemical-autism link:
    http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/07/scientists-warn-of-chemical-autism-link/?hpt=hp_t2

    Although I’m sure chemical EDCs can be harmful in high-exposure dosages, it doesn’t seem like a solid causal link.

    I wonder if mothers before conception and then during pregnancy because of increasingly poor nutrition which of course contributes to narrowed jaws/palates are contributing to maldevelopment in the children and contributing to endocrine disruption?

    Your thoughts?

    Thanks,
    Brian Masetta