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How can I manage fatigue?

  1. Fatigue can be a persistent and frustrating experience as a part of living with RA. Our website contributes have written about this problem and a variety of coping strategies. We recommend talking with your doctor about fatigue and trying techniques to manage it. Every individual needs to find what works best for them, but management techniques include changing your schedule, incorporating more rest, adjusting diet, regular exercise and more.

    1. Fatigue is a major challenge for many RA patients. Finding an effective treatment for the underlying disease is probably the best way to manage fatigue, but that's a challenge in its own right. Other ways to manage it include prioritizing tasks, resting as frequently as possible, and asking for help from others.

      1. First of all, know that you are not alone here. Many in our community can relate. Fatigue and pain are two of the most common symptoms of those with RA. Fatigue can come and go and it's not something that those around you can always see or understand. Recognizing that you are dealing with fatigue is key, then implementing strategies to help deal with it. In addition to speaking with your doctor, this article outlines some helpful strategies to help manage fatigue: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/ra-fatigue-complex-poorly-understood/

        1. Managing fatigue is a big topic of interest in our community! Many members mention this as one of the unexpected challenges of living with RA. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to help minimize RA-related fatigue's effect on your life. This information from our editorial team about managing fatigue is a good place to start -- https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/symptoms/fatigue-and-weakness/. Also, don't hesitate to talk to your physician about your fatigue. There may be suggestions he/she can offer you.

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