Ease your arthritis fatigue

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Arthritis and fatigue often go hand in hand. Arthritis pain can disturb your sleep and sap your energy to the point where you have trouble functioning during the day.

These arthritis fatigue-fighters can help you feel your best.

Get your arthritis under control. Inflamed joints and arthritis pain can contribute to fatigue. Working with your doctor to manage arthritis and any underlying conditions is the first step to getting your energy back.

Move more. It may seem logical that exercise would add to your fatigue, but that's not the case. Exercise builds muscle mass and strength, increases circulation, and enhances flexibility, all of which can help combat arthritis fatigue and boost your overall sense of well-being.

Get your ZZZs. A good night's sleep can help ease arthritis pain and help you accomplish your daily to-do list with less effort. To set yourself up, make your bedroom cool and dark, power down your electronics, and go to bed at the same time every day. These healthy sleep habits send signals to your brain that it's time to hit the hay.

Fuel up. For long-lasting energy, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Avoid energy-zapping processed, high-salt and sugary foods. For added support, consider taking a vitamin supplement to help fill in any nutrient gaps in your diet.

Talk to your doctor about medication. Some medications for arthritis can cause drowsiness. Talk to your doctor about how to manage side effects from your medication. Ask if there are any medications that might help reduce fatigue. A prescription sleeping aid, for example, can help reduce arthritis fatigue by promoting restorative sleep.

When arthritis is not remedied through noninvasive means, your physician may refer you to an orthopaedic surgeon for a surgical approach. If you are experiencing arthritis pain, make an appointment with our team of rheumatologists by calling 863-680-7486.


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