Tips to manage rheumatoid arthritis fatigue (UPDATED 2016)
Rheumatoid Arthritis fatigue is a real tangible physical symptom of RA. I’ve read so many frustrating articles about how to manage Rheumatoid Arthritis fatigue that sound like the writers can’t articulate exactly what it is. Maybe I’ll help them out since person with rheumatoid disease (PRD) knows firsthand…
Rheumatoid Arthritis fatigue can feel like the tiredness of a flu virus. It can come at any time of day or night. Rheumatoid arthritis 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 to manage Rheumatoid Arthritis fatigue
It’s tough work for PRD to manage Rheumatoid Arthritis fatigue on top of pain and disability. Here are some ways readers cope.
- Budget energy wisely. Guard energy.
- Have a regular schedule. Or go to bed early.
- Do gentle modified stretching or yoga.
- Eat a 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.
- Try relaxation or meditation techniques.
My favorite rheumatoid arthritis fatigue management tips
Here are some things I’ve tried to manage rheumatoid arthritis fatigue.
- Alternate periods of activity and rest.
- Check for deficiencies such as iron, vitamin D 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 (V-8 Fusion) & 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 people do to manage rheumatoid arthritis fatigue when nothing else works
Sometimes nothing works well when fatigue is severe. When you are desperate try these…
- When the body says, “No more,” then stop.
- Watch a movie.
- Take large naps.
- Delegate and oversee.
- Blue Kryptonite.
Be sure to check out the comments page for more suggestions to manage RA fatigue or to add your own.
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