I’m new on here

Hello after 18 months I’m still struggling with my RA

what I find the worst is I’m constantly feeling unwell/fatigued I think I’m coming down with an infection and rest up but then the next day no infection appears so I’m thinking perhaps it’s just fatigue does anyone else have similar problem and how does one deal with it rest untill feeling better or just try pushing through

any comments will be greatly appreciated 😀

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  • Poppyjane
    Poppyjane Moderator Posts: 715

    Hello @ruth1980 welcome to the online community

    Like many of us with RA you are constantly feeling fatigued. It is a very common symptom of the condition but that fact does not make it any easier to deal with. Rest and distraction are both helpful ways to relieve the draining nature of the fatigue. Occasionally one feels motivated to "push through" as you describe it and this is part of the boom and bust cycle that we have to manage just as we have to manage the other symptoms of the condition. This is not meant to be negative just realistic. Life with arthritis is all about adjusting to the changes in our bodies and minds and making the most of our new challenges. The community conversations are full of members sharing their experiences of how they adjust and cope with their situation. So I hope you will feel able to join in with us and share your ups and downs, it may just help someone else at the same time.

    I attach some links which I hope you will find helpful


    https://www.versusarthritis.org/news/2022/april/5-ways-to-help-with-fatigue/

    https://www.versusarthritis.org/news/2021/october/new-stretching-videos-to-help-keep-moving-and-manage-your-arthritis/

    The new stretching videos are really proving popular among the community members, be gentle with yourself as you start and gradually build up your muscle strength and stamina. I find them fun I hope you do too.

    Do let us know how you get on, we look forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes

    Poppyjane

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  • Charlestown
    Charlestown Member Posts: 61

    Hi

    im new too. Good morning 🌞

    i suffer with imflammatory osteoarthritis. My fatigue is my biggest struggle tbh. I do beginners yoga from you tube. Yoga with Adrienne its called. I find it helps with stiffness but also lifting your mood. I rest often doing a little at a time. If i dont i really suffer. Sometimes its best to try push through the fatigue by doing 10/20 mins of gentle excercise, thats were the at home yoga works for me. For the first time ever, on this site i heard the phrase ‘boom & bust’ & i totally relate to that.that phrase made everything make sense about whats been happening to me, so now its a little at a time, then rest, then repeat or wait until tommorrow.😀👍

  • Alansrac
    Alansrac Member Posts: 7

    Hi Ruth,

    I am also new here, tbh just joined today,

    I try to push through but sometimes it’s just not possible so I find a quick Power Nap for 15 to 20 minutes seems to work for me while I’m on my lunch break at work, it seems to help me cope for the rest of the day till I get home.

    I do feel for you, I used to be quite active and loved nothing more than playing with my 3 children in the garden or park but find this difficult sometimes and find myself full of guilt which leaves you feeling down 🙁 so many emotions we all seem to go through which the specialists don’t tell you so hoping that people on here can help