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I’m tired.

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This morning I went to the ortho to follow-up on my shoulder and knee. My shoulder isn’t better even after an injection two weeks ago. My knee pain is some of the worst I’ve ever felt in my life. Last night it took three hydrocodone pills, ice, elevation, and plenty of tears to get my pain manageable. Earlier this week I called my new rheumatologist’s office to see if they had any cancellation spots, for the millionth time. She’s out of the office this week, so that little glimmer of hope got annihilated. I now have to fit Physical Therapy into my life to try to get my right knee strong enough to have surgery on the other knee. Continue reading

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fatigue

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Today is Day Two of RABlog Week! In case you aren’t following along, here is today’s writing prompt:

Managing RA fatigue – We all know that fatigue is a big part of many of our lives. How do you manage that fatigue? Perhaps you like a warm cup of tea or a hot bath. We all have our coping strategies. Describe anything you do to help with fatigue.

TiredMeme

In all honesty, I don’t manage fatigue, it manages me. And I hate that. I can handle pain. I can grit my teeth, I can cry, I can pop a pill and I usually get some sort of resolution (might not be 100% or last forever but something happens).

I feel helpless when it comes to fatigue. It hits me like a wrecking ball. Knocks me off my game. In a second it can make me feel like I’m walking through a foot of mud..everything I do is slow and deliberate. Fatigue makes me feel like the most simplest of tasks will literally kill me from exhaustion. There are times that getting up to brush my teeth seems like I’m preparing to run a marathon (I’ve never run a marathon and have no intention of doing so).

I have tried ridiculous amounts of caffeine, exercise, positive thoughts, food..you name it. I often worry if the fatigue will continue at this rate or possibly get worse. I have never considered cutting back hours at work due to pain or stiffness but I have thought about it in regards to fatigue. At only 35 years old, it scares me to think about cutting back at work not just for financial reasons but for my well-being. I have been eagerly anticipating this RA Blog Week topic as I am excited to read what others have to say about fatigue and how they manage it. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them.

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