Can joint pain make you tired?
In short, yes!
Fatigue is a common symptom of joint pain and arthritis. In fact, according to the Arthritis Foundation, 98 percent of rheumatoid arthritis patients report fatigue.
For many people with arthritis, fatigue goes hand in hand. The main culprits are the inflammatory disease process and the accompanying chronic pain.1
If you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks your body and inflammation is the result. The body undergoes stress as it tries to cope with the release of inflammatory cytokines (proteins) in the blood. That can cause fatigue, especially when disease activity is high or low-grade inflammation remains for a long time.
The pain-fatigue connection can be a vicious circle. Dealing with arthritis pain for months at a time over many years can wear you down. It can affect your sleep habits, which adds to your exhaustion. Being fatigued, in turn, can worsen pain and make it more difficult to manage.
Fatigue is different to normal tiredness, it can leave you feeling completely wiped out and exhausted even after a good night’s sleep.
How can I fight my fatigue?
Treat your arthritis pain and symptoms
Chronic pain alone can cause fatigue. Pain also can lead to depression and mood changes that can worsen fatigue. Speak to your GP or pharmacist about how to manage your joint pain or arthritis effectively
Moderate exercise can help to improve your energy levels. Speak to your doctor about a suitable exercise regime for you
Try to control your stress
Easier said than done but managing your stress can help you control your fatigue. Try some breathing exercise or meditation to help!
Drink enough water
Being dehydrated can leave you feeling tired or fatigued. Drinking enough water every day can easily become part of your routine