8 Facts About Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
As many of our users live with both RA and fibromyalgia, Karen Lee Richards - the Community Leader of our Chronic Pain site - and Lene Andersen on the RA site interviewed each other about RA and fibro.
Both RA and fibromyalgia cause fatigue
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Fatigue is often the most difficult FM symptom to describe to others because they think you're just a little tired. However, it's a pervasive, all-encompassing exhaustion that can interfere with even the most basic and simple daily activities. It can be described as feeling like someone pulled the plug and disconnected you from your power source.
Uncontrolled RA comes with high levels of chronic pain, and damaged joints cause pain, as well. In addition, there is a significant fatigue factor.