Hi RA warriors, hope you all are enjoying the summer despite the heat and swelling
I want to know about other's experience with fatigue, concentration and brain fog. It's a hard symptom to explain or pinpoint isn't it?
My RA has been flaring for the past 6 weeks and while my joints have been swollen and sore, they haven't completely immobilised me so luckily I've not had to have a day off work apart from visiting the GP a few times (touch wood). So I feel proud that I've managed to carry on working through this flare. In the past when I was working in retail and bartending, work was impossible because I couldn't stand for long. Now I'm in an office, as long as I can walk to the office from the bus stop, I don't need time off work. However, my biggest struggle staring at a computer all day is fatigue, lack of concentration and ability to focus on conversations or tasks. My head feels woozy and light headed, I have no motivation to focus and 'crack on' with tasks, and I am really really slow. I generally feel poorly at work, dry sore throat constantly too. It's not obvious that my flare is bad because I can move around, but I feel so under the weather. Stiff, achy, exhausted. I'm not paid for sick days though and I don't want to take a 'rest' day. For me, time off is only necessary if I can't get out of bed.
I'm staying hydrated and eating healthy where I can, I'm vegan so I get plenty of fruit veg and fibre, protein from beans and soy etc, and I take Vit d and Vit B12. I've been avoiding coffee, and I sleep 8-10 hours if I can but it never feels enough.
Is there anything else I can do to tie me over until my flare is under control? It's getting me down a bit and I hate being moany and miserable around my boyfriend when I get home from work.
My appointment is on the 6th August so just under 2 weeks. Fingers crossed they sort me out!