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Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) continue to work long after they are diagnosed. You have to figure out what's best for you, including whether or not to disclose your condition at work. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society website provides information about disclosure in the workplace. You may also want to seek legal guidance before you disclose.

Two factors that may influence your decision are fatigue (the feeling of tiredness) and cognitive issues, which are difficulties in thinking clearly. Some options for dealing with these symptoms can be found on our symptom page. Here are some overall tips for addressing both.

Tips if you’re feeling tired:
  1. Take a break!
    If you're tired or low on energy, go for a short walk, or spend a few minutes relaxing. It can help you return to work refreshed and ready to get back to the task at hand.
  2. Take it easy
    If possible, avoid stairs, heavy lifting, and other strenuous activities. When you can, try to do tasks sitting down.
  3. Get the tough stuff out of the way early
    Do your most demanding work in the early part of the day or when you're likely to have more energy.
Smart thinking tips:
  1. Plan ahead
    Use a daily planner or mobile device to help keep track of tasks and responsibilities.
  2. Stay organized
    Keep your home or office organized to help avoid misplacing items.
  3. Don't rush
    Take your time to think through things beforehand to reduce errors and frustration.

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