Fighting Fatigue When You Have Arthritis or Chronic Pain

Light Bulb No. 2If you are dealing with rheumatoid arthritis or chronic pain, then you are no stranger to fatigue. While friends and family may just think you are tired, you know that it is much more complicated then that. There is no cure or treatment to take fatigue away completely, but these tips can help you decrease the symptoms.

  1. Finding a Good Rest to Movement Ratio: When you deal with chronic pain, you know that exerting yourself too much through an activity will completely exhaust you and make you feel bad. On the other hand, if you spend too much time resting, you are not going to feel any better either. How do you strike a good balance between the two? The best idea is to schedule breaks of each. For example, if you plan on walking the mall, be sure to take frequent rests. If you plan on driving a long distance, be sure to schedule stops so that you can walk around and stretch. Even if you are just at home, you can schedule bouts of movement and rest easily into your day. Having a regular exercise routine will also help battle fatigue, as crazy as it may sound. Keep in mind that keeping a regular sleep routine will also lead to better rest and less fatigue.
  2. Strategize Your Energy: Unfortunately your condition leaves you with less energy each day. Look at your energy as a bank account, where do you want to spend your money/energy each day? You don’t want to waste your energy on silly tasks, such as cleaning, getting dressed, tying your shoes, etc. Instead, work smarter with easier meals and precut veggies, shoes that are easy to slip on, and clothes that don’t require buttoning. Any little bit helps save your energy for tasks you really want to do. When you do set out to do a certain tasks, remember to switch tasks every thirty minutes to limit pain and fatigue. Finally, don’t forget to ask for help for certain tasks, since that will save you energy as well.
  3. What to Discuss with Your Doctor: If you are currently on any medications, they may be causing you to experience symptoms of fatigue or depression. Ask your doctor about possible solutions of changing the dosage or alternative medications that will not have the same side effects. You can also ask your doctor to test your vitamin and iron levels to see if there are any deficiencies in your diet that are causing you to feel fatigues.
  4. Visiting a Chiropractor: Many individuals turn to chiropractic care as a complementary service to their other treatments. While chiropractic care does not cure arthritis, it can help your body move better, reduce some of the pain, and even improve your sleep at night, which will lead to less fatigue in the morning. Some individuals notice positive changes right after their first visit with a chiropractor, and others feel better after a few regular visits.

Life with rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain are huge obstacles as, which is why it is important to do all you can to fight off fatigue. Try these tips so that you can have better days with less fatigue and pain.


Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.

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