Hi everyone. Is anyone else having a hard time staying awake? I have been going to bed early. But when I awaken I feel as if I never slept. If I sit on the chair or coach all i want to do is sleep. It's becoming scary. I use to be such an agile person. Now I am lucky I can make it through my day.
Extreme fatigue is a symptom of RA, just like pain & swelling. For a long time, I was so tired all the time ,it felt like I was in a drunken stupor. I couldn't focus on things and was extremely forgetful. During a flare, it's even worse. My doctor put me on folic acid. It's helped a lot. Try to get 8 hours sleep each night and try to lie down in the afternoon , even if it's only for 15 minutes.
Yes, I feel so exhausted every day. I'm exhausted just from being exhausted!
Extreme fatigue is part of RA. My doctor put me on 50,000 units of vitamin D 1 time a week for 7 weeks. Then just 2000 units a day of Vitamin D3. And Folic Acid everyday with the rest of my medicines.
It is my understanding from my doctors that RA sufferers frequently need thyroid supplementation even though our numbers are within normal limits. I have had more energy since I began thyroid meds.
Its a tuff one to work thru. I can tolerate the pain better than the daily struggle to get myself moving. HATE IT!! I panic if Im given early morn appt.........Will I sleep night before.....how many hours do I have to get up early so I can slowly get moving......trying to change my diet, added supplements, increasing h2o intake.......anything to kick myself in gear........