How can I manage fatigue?


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  • Annalisa
    1 year ago

    I find structuring my day so that I get done with “have to” things before about 3pm is vital. That way if I’m very fatigued I know I can take the afternoon and evening off.

    I’ve also just started to go to bed much earlier, since I expect that I’ll have a rough night and be up for an hour or more every few nights. If I plan for 9 hours and I get 7 1/2 that’s okay. If I don’t plan and end up with a 7 1/2 hour block of sleep before I have to get up and THEN I’m up for 90 minutes, the next day will be horrible.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    1 year ago

    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.

  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    1 year ago

    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/

  • Wren moderator
    1 year ago

    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.

  • Kelly Mack moderator
    1 year ago

    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.

  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    1 year ago

    Learning how to live with fatigue can take time and practice. I try to pay attention to my body and arrange my day to accommodate how I am feeling. Through trial and error I work towards finding a balance between staying active and overtaxing myself. I also do what I can to promote good sleep. And, if I have a really difficult day, I try to remember that tomorrow is a new day! It’s also important to be honest with your rheumatologist about the impact of fatigue on your daily life he or she may be able to do something to help.

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