10 Tips for Building and Maintaining Energy with Rheumatoid Arthritis
A 2011 study published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases stated that 70 percent of people with RA experience a healthy dollop of fatigue, sometimes a level of exhaustion as profound as in chronic fatigue syndrome. It can make it impossible to do your job, take care of your family or just get through the day. Even when you're responding to treatment, sometimes that makes you tired, too. Here are some tips for building and managing your energy.
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One of the best ways to combat RA-related fatigue is to treat the disease. Often one of the first signs that the medication's working is that you start getting more energy. Even if you're not able to fully go into remission, finding a medication that reduces your RA symptoms will help reduce your fatigue. Ironically, certain medications, such as prednisone, can cause insomnia and if that's you, talk to your doctor about options to help you get some sleep.