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How can I help myself when I have fatigue?

There are many things you can do to reduce the impact of fatigue. Start by working out the possible causes then talk to your healthcare team so they can look at different ways to help you manage it. If you think your drug treatment may be causing your fatigue, talk with your doctor about reviewing your treatment. They can also look for signs of other conditions that may be causing fatigue, and check your inflammation or anaemia levels.

If you have signs of active inflammation, your doctor may alter your medication to improve your symptoms, which will help to ease fatigue. If you have certain types of inflammatory arthritis, you may be prescribed a biological therapy, which can significantly reduce fatigue in some people. However, it’s unusual to make major changes to drug treatments to control fatigue unless there’s significant evidence of inflammation as well.

No specific drugs can treat arthritis-related fatigue, but there are many ways that you can reduce the impact of fatigue on your life without medication. Changing behaviours like this does work, but most of us need support to do it, so discuss this information with your GP or rheumatology team, who should be able to help you work through it (particularly your occupational therapistrheumatology nurse specialist or physiotherapist).

Try combining some of the following tips on self-management. You can read more about them by following each link:

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