Is it normal to be so tired when on medication for arthritis?


Hi everyone, this is my first post. I have osteoarthritis in my knees, feet and fingers..I take co codamol, oramorph and have a patch for pain relief. I work full time but am always you think this is normal?

I've never posted on a forum before so I hope this is ok.


  • CarylW
    CarylW Member Posts: 274

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  • poppyflower

    Hi , I hope your OK

    I just came on here too,

    From my experience yes totally, I am so tired all the time as well, I'm on similar meds to you plus a biological that I can't pronounce 😂😂

    I'm just glad I don't have to go to work ! So I admire you, it can't be easy .

    Poppyflower xx

  • Beckie_68
    Beckie_68 Member Posts: 3

    Thank you Poppyflower,

    To be honest I'm just dragging myself through the days at work..

    It's nice to know that there are others out there like me though..

    Sometimes I feel a fraud


  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,643

    All of those meds you are on would have me exhausted @Beckie_68 I am sorry you are so tired.

    Can you afford to cut down work at all? Even one day for a rest or slightly shorter days?

    Sending some ((()))

    Toni xx

  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,731

    I'm with @frogmorton . On those meds I'd rarely be awake. Look no further @Beckie68. But do try to cut down on your workload

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  • Beckie_68
    Beckie_68 Member Posts: 3

    Thanks for your reply's it's so nice to be able to speak with people who understand.. my family are amazing but they just don't get it!!

    Thank you ❤️

  • poppyflower


    Oh I know the feeling you have when no-one really understands just how much pain you are in , I think you can only realise if you are a fellow sufferer !

    I feel your pain ! Keep going but be kind to your body, and rest when you can .

    I seem to sleep more and more these days 😴 😂😂

    Take care xx

  • Weeyin
    Weeyin Member Posts: 11

    Hi Becky, l was diagnosed with PsA 26 years ago & worked F/T throughout. I have been on several drugs, not with much success. Ive been on biological therapy adalimubub for at least 12 years which seems to be managing flares pretty well. Chronic pain & fatigue are still an issue. I had an appointment with a new consultant last summer who was shocked l was still F/T & told me anyone with arthritis for 20+ years shouldnt work F/T. She said l must reduce my hours ASAP or it will severely impact my PsA. I spoke to my manager who was supportive & agreed to this. I was awarded £400 per month ADP which helped. Ive only dropped 4.5 hours per week as l couldnt afford any more, do longer days, but have an extra day off. It's made such a difference as previously my weekends were ruined simply by recovering from working F/T. Good luck, Wee Maria xx