25 Tips to Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis Fatigue

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Pillows and mattressRheumatoid Arthritis fatigue is a real tangible physical symptom of RA.  I’ve read so many frustrating articles about RA fatigue that sound like the writers can’t articulate exactly what it is. Maybe I’ll help them out since an RA’er knows firsthand…

Rheumatoid Arthritis fatigue can feel like the tiredness of a flu virus.  It can come at any time of day or night. RA fatigue is not always the result of physical activity. It can suddenly develop for no apparent reason. Rheumatoid Arthritis fatigue can last hours or days. It makes movement very difficult. It is not a psychosomatic condition.

Readers’ favorite tips for managing Rheumatoid Arthritis fatigue

  • Budget energy wisely. Guard energy.
  • Have a regular schedule. Or go to bed early.
  • Do gentle modified stretching or yoga.
  • Nutritious balanced snack such as protein bar and fruit.
  • Get the best sleep at night possible.
  • Get the best bed possible.
  • Use heat to fight fatiguing pain.
  • Eat on a regular schedule.
  • Eat enough protein.
  • Take small naps.
  • Go until you collapse.
  • Relaxation or meditation techniques.

My RA fatigue fighting favorite tips:

  • Alternate periods of activity and rest.
  • Check for deficiencies such as iron or vitamin B-12.
  • Treat the disease as aggressively as possible.
  • While resting, plan for what you’ll do when you are more able.
  • Fruit juice & sympathy.
  • Check for side effects of medicines. Take them at the best time of day to avoid fatigue.
  • Accept the reality that the list will not be accomplished today.

What RA’ers resort to when nothing else works:

  • Caffeine.
  • When the body says, “No more, then stop.”
  • Watch a movie.
  • Take large naps.
  • Delegate and oversee.
  • Blue Kryptonite.

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