Fatigue can be the most debilitating symptom for people with autoimmune diseases. It’s not the same as what a person might feel after a long day at work, exercise, or a poor night’s sleep
Instead, it is a feeling of exhaustion all the time that can interfere with functionality and carrying out daily life.
What’s even more frustrating is that fatigue isn’t really something your doctor can test for. Other people might not see or understand it, but it’s very real.
It’s also hard to determine the cause. For people with autoimmune disease, it could be due to inflammation, pain, poor sleep (caused by pain), inactivity, or even depression. All of which can be rooted in the autoimmune condition.
Being tired is not a sign of weakness; you should avoid trying to push through. Be patient, listen to your body, and pace yourself to achieve your needs.
Here are some ideas that might help:
Don’t try to do too much: Take it easy. When you get tired, take a nap or do something restful like listening to music, reading, or meditating. If needed, schedule rest breaks throughout the day.
Plan ahead: If you know you’ve got something on the go and have limited energy, prepare in advance to be ready when you need to be. Set aside rest time before and after events if needed.
Tell people: Let friends and family know about your condition instead of keeping it a secret. If they know that your condition can lead to fatigue, they can offer support and be more understanding if you have to cancel plans or need rest.
Eat healthily: A healthful diet rich in nutrients may help limit inflammation and promote higher energy levels.
Get exercise: If you try to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. It may lead to higher energy levels over time.