Talk to family and friends about fatigue
For many people, fatigue is a major symptom of their arthritis – it’s just as common and as troublesome as pain. But because it’s an invisible symptom, many people with fatigue often don’t talk about it because they think that others won’t understand. This can cause anger or frustration over the impact fatigue has on their lives and the lack of help and understanding from others, which can make the fatigue worse.
Family and friends can help you manage your fatigue, but they won’t know about it unless you tell them. Sharing the effects of fatigue with others helps them understand why you don’t always feel able to join in with activities or have to take more time to rest. Direct them to this website to help them understand what fatigue is, how it can affect you and how seriously your healthcare team take it.
It can also be useful to explain fatigue to your work colleagues. This will help them to understand that you sometimes need to take more time over tasks. It might help with decisions on working patterns or adjustments to equipment to make fatigue more manageable. Speak to an occupational therapist if you need more information. Your local Jobcentre Plus can also put you in touch with Disability Employment Advisors, who can arrange work assessments. They can advise you on the way you work and on equipment that may help you to do your job more easily.