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  • By Scott Howard

    Is fatigue common with RA? I was diagnosed with RA a couple of months ago although I’ve been symptomatic for several years. I’ve noticed that I just get extremely tired in the middle of the day. I will be at work and all I can think about is how can I get home to bed.

    Any suggestions?
    Scott

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  • By Andrew Lumpe, PhD Moderator

    Hi Scott, sorry for your recent diagnosis. Unfortunately, fatigue can be one of the most common and frustrating symptoms of RA. Your description is spot on for how many of us feel. It’s checked for in most survey tools used by doctors and researchers. For me, it often becomes a situation of just trying to manage my day and activities but that doesn’t always work. You can read more about it at this link.

    Fatigue & Weakness

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  • By Loretta Tweed

    Fatigue is My Friend…;)…
    Even after ALL this time it’s hard. Sometimes family and/or friends just don’t get it…:(…
    Pacing ourselves.
    Saying No!
    I Sleep.
    Rest!
    I am no longer able to work…that was hard but part of accepting that I could no longer do it…:(…

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  • By Scott Howard

    I’ve learned so far that if I wake up feeling tired, I’ll need to pace myself that day. Fortunately my job allows up to 2 hours in the morning to report to work (by 9), so I’m able to take it slow if I need to.

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  • By Elizabeth Lewis

    I am so tired of being fatigued. Although I have had RA for several years
    it seems the fatigue is still overwhelming despite all the meds.

    I do try to pace myself, but it does seem impossible on a day to day basis.
    My job requires dependability, and with this disease that can be very difficult. I have had to leave work mid day, just so I would e able to drive home safely.

    Yes, waking up tired and driving home from work so tired, I have to admit that I have had some close calls. Its then that I pull over for a little while and then continue home, only to be at the point of complete exhaustion, and that is where my day ends, as my pajamas are my favorite outfit.

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  • By Scott Howard

    Speaking of fatigue, today was a bad day. I had to leave work so I could go home and take a nap. When I got home, I took a two hour nap which is waaay out of character for me. Usually 15 minutes and I’m ready to go.

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  • By Scott Howard

    Well, it turns out that my fatigue was caused by a new pain medicine I was on. I’ve since stopped taking that medicine and feel much more like myself.

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  • By Andrew Lumpe, PhD Moderator

    Scott, there have been times after injections/infusions that I’ve felt like I had the flu but it passed within a day or so. Hang in there and hope Humira helps!

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  • By margo clinkenbeard

    Great information about fatigue definitely one of my hardest symptoms to deal with. I was always a very energetic person so it was hard to adjust to feeling tired all the time. I notice that since I’ve been on the dmard I have days of feeling really good again as far as my energy levels. I do feel very tired the days after I take my medication though.

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  • By Kathy Haynes

    Thank you Andrew for sharing so much information about fatigue. I was diagnosed a year ago with RA and the fatigue is unreal. I am an RN and I work 8 hrs a day 5days a week and it takes all I have to get through every day. By the early afternoon I am like Scott and just want to go home and go to bed.

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  • By Jennifmo

    Fatigue…. I HATE, HATE, HATE it…. And it’s not just ‘tired’ is is ‘tired’ to the 400th power….
    It is a ‘tired’ that most people do not understand.
    Thankfully I have a dog with a high pitched, obnoxious bark who makes sure I get up in the morning. She drives me crazy but without her, some mornings I would not get up.
    I am currently on methotrxate and have added prednisone to help control the flares. I am trying to wean off the prednisone but each time I have re-flared with fatigue. But, I will keep trying.

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