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How to Manage Psoriatic Arthritis Fatigue

Fatigue is a common symptom of Psoriatic Arthritis, experienced by over 70% of people living with the condition. While it may not be possible to get rid of the fatigue, lifestyle modifications can help manage it better.[1]

In the previous blog, we discussed the link between Psoriatic Arthritis and fatigue. You can read it here. In this blog, we discuss how you can deal with this fatigue and live well with Psoriatic Arthritis. Here are six useful tips:

1. Exercise regularly

If you suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis and experience bouts of fatigue, exercising may seem like the last thing you want to do. But exercising can play an important role in managing fatigue.[2][3] A small study conducted by Thomsen and colleagues showed that Psoriatic Arthritis patients who participated in a high intensity training exercise for 11 weeks reported less fatigue without worsening of symptoms.[4]

Exercise Regularly

Furthermore, exercise is known to improve heart health, muscle mass, strength, and flexibility, which can give you a much-needed energy boost.[2] However, consult your doctor before beginning any exercise routine.

2. Don’t miss your medicine­

Psoriatic Arthritis is caused due to the release of inflammatory chemicals in the body, which turn on the immune system to attack the joints rather than the infection. This process takes up most of the body’s energy, leading to fatigue. Taking the prescribed medicines for Psoriatic Arthritis regularly can help keep the inflammation under control. In turn, this may help reduce the severity of fatigue.[2]

Dont miss your medicine
3. Eat well

According to studies, certain food items such as oats, brown rice, olive oil, fruits and vegetables play a role in decreasing inflammation in the body and thereby can help you manage fatigue better. Consult your doctor or a dietician to plan a suitable diet.[2][5]

Eat well
4. Plan for a restful sleep

A good night’s sleep can be the key to managing fatigue. Planning a relaxing routine at night can help to set you up for a fresh and energetic morning. Here are some tips:

Plan for a restful sleep
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine before sleep
  • Keep your bedroom cool and dark
  • Avoid large meals before bedtime
  • Turn off the computer, cell phone and tv screens before bedtime[2]
5. Manage Stress

Stress can trigger flare-ups and worsen Psoriatic Arthritis symptoms, which can in turn increase fatigue.

Manage Stress

More fatigue often causes more stress, leading to an endless cycle of stress and flare-ups. Stress relieving activities such as yoga, meditation or tai-chi can help.[2][6]

6. Ask for help

When fatigue gets in the way of performing daily activities, it is okay to ask your friends, family or colleagues for help. Also, learn to say ‘no’ to certain activities that may aggravate your fatigue.[2]

Ask for help

Fatigue is a common symptom of Psoriatic Arthritis, and probably one of the most troublesome. It can worsen other symptoms, making you feel exhausted and lead you into a roller coaster ride of exhaustion and tiredness. Manage fatigue with the help of regular treatment and lifestyle changes. If your symptoms continue to worsen, do not hesitate to consult your doctor.[2]

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References

  1. Healthline. What’s the Connection Between Psoriatic Arthritis and Fatigue? Available [online] at: https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriatic-arthritis/fatigue Accessed on 19th November 2021.

  2. Healthline. 15 Ways to Combat Psoriatic Arthritis Fatigue. Available [online] at: https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriatic-arthritis/ways-to-combat-psa-fatigue Accessed on 19th November 2021.

  3. Healthcentral. 9 Ways to Manage Fatigue with Psoriatic Arthritis. Available [online] at: https://www.healthcentral.com/slideshow/ways-to-manage-fatigue-with-psoriatic-arthritis Accessed on 19th November 2021.

  4. Thompsen RS, et al. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2019 Apr;71(4):530-537.

  5. Verywell Health. Managing Fatigue and Energy with Psoriatic Arthritis. Available [online] at: https://www.verywellhealth.com/psoriatic-arthritis-fatigue-4770507 Accessed on 19th November 2021.

  6. Healthcentral. 9 Things to Know about PsA and Your Mental Health. Available [online] at: https://www.healthcentral.com/slideshow/psoriatic-arthritis-mental-health Accessed on 19th November 2021.