Fatigue comes in all shapes and sizes for me. Monday I was so tired and felt like I was on a verge of a flare-up. I was lucky enough to have had the day off and I spent that time resting, reading, relaxing, and being able to find that quiet time helped me feel better on Tuesday however Wednesday I was exhausted again after a sleepless night. I’m not saying I’m out of the woods with a flare-up yet but I do feel so much better this morning. I often think that I mentally deal with pain and swelling better than I deal with fatigue. I find fatigue to be my most annoying symptom probably because there isn’t a medicine for it other than stopping and resting. When I have joint pain I will continue to do what I need to get done but when fatigue takes over I feel like I cannot think straight or form a coherent thought.
Most days I realize that I’m battling fatigue and try to walk it off or engage in some sort of activity. When I’m at work and it hits me I have to literally talk to myself and tell myself it is only temporary, you’ll get through this. Many times it will come on and I’ll head to the gym for a little walk on the treadmill or walk around the downtown area depending on weather. I have also been so tired that I have climbed into my car and taken a nap. I am the type of person that would take a nap every day if I could but that doesn’t always fit into my schedule. There is certainly a line that can get crossed for me where it isn’t my normal every day symptom but more like a flare-up is on the way type fatigue.
I am hoping that by taking it easy this week I have reduced my risk for a flare-up but will still watch things closely and see if anything else pops up like a sore throat or sore elbows. People around me can see when fatigue is taking over but they don’t realize how quickly it can come on and without warning. The fatigue comes and goes as quickly as a painful flare-up for me, only the after math of severe fatigue can take me several days to get back to base line.
I’m sure there are many autoimmune diseases where fatigue is a severe symptom or a trigger for flare. I guess you could say most people with autoimmune diseases probably all have chronic fatigue syndrome also. Just another symptom to add to the mix of an already long list of weirdness.