I just wanted to get some advice on how some of you deal with the physical & mental fatigue that comes with RA. After a few weeks of annual leave, I am now back to working from home as a lecturer. I really needed the time off but am struggling day to day being at my desk from 9-5 because I can’t maintain concentration and I feel physically and mentally exhausted by midday. It is stressful as I need to take big breaks out of my day just to rest which means I’m not using my time efficiently.
I exercise regularly and aim to get 7 hours of sleep a night but whatever I do, I am in a constant state of exhaustion at the moment.
My diet is very well balanced and I take some supplements. Does anyone have any further advice?
Oh boy fatigue. My worst symptoms of RA. If my fatigue is bad it’s normally a sign my disease is active when I’m stable I’m not too bad but i do get tired easily. Unfortunately I have never found the answer. When I’m fatigued I feel like I’m moving through treacle and detached from what’s happening around me. I can’t drive as my reactions are too slow and my concentration poor. I reduced my hours but on bad days I still struggle . Sorry I haven’t helped but your not on your own.
Thank you for telling me your experience with it. It’s a hard feeling to describe but I too get severe brain fog where I find myself not being able to string sentences together and my body feels like lead. My concern is that it will start to affect my work when I return to being on site at the college again. For now it is manageable at home to a certain extent. I wonder whether it’s something I should inform my workplace about. I just fear that I will be treated differently.
Difficult question I would tell them and talk to HR . I would also let your Rheumatologist know maybe a different medication may help if disease activity is the cause of your fatigue.
Hear hear to this
BethRidout24 this was my worst symptom and had brain fog and exactly as you. I had to go to 6hr days 3 day week, no standing and 2days on 1 day off 1 day on and even that was a struggle. You need to talk to line management/HR as you need the support as I know I made mistakes due to my bran fog and it just meant by the time I got home I was wiped out. I am only 'lucky' as still on furlough as I know going back going to be an issue.
brain fog even