I feel like a crybaby!
I'm 58 years young, and was diagnosed with RA three years ago. Since my diagnosis, I believe I have had RA for well over 10 years, because the pain and stiffness in my feet, knees and shoulders now have a name. My RA doctor started me Methotrexate. That alone wasn't working so I've been on Humira for the last two years. I still have aches and pains but not as frequently as before. What I do feel and struggle with is severe fatigue.
My internist started me on Lexapro a year ago for depression, which he feels will help me with my fatigue. I really don't think its helping much because I can't seem to function past 3:00 p.m., and some mornings I can't get out of bed. So he asked me to take them in the morning as opposed to night.
I push through the day because I'm sick of whining about feeling fatigued. Family and co-workers ask "how are you feeling today"? I say fine because they don't understand anyway. I don't want to feel like I'm complaining all the time, which is how they make me feel. I feel guilty because I know people have RA much worse than me and perhaps I shouldn't complain or my fatigue, aches and pains aren't bad enough to justify me even speaking about it. Question: at what point can I justify my feeling so fatigued that I can't function at work properly? I'm a legal secretary/office manager with a lot of stress, which for the past year I have been forgetful, and making mistakes when I know better. Its concerning to me. I believe that the stress of my job is contributing to how I feel with my RA. I would like to work less hours and go on disability for reduced hours. Has anybody done that?
Thank you for reading my story.
How often you do experience an unexpected boost of energy?