What is fatigue?
Fatigue is a feeling of extreme physical or mental tiredness, or both. It can affect people with any type of arthritis. Read more
What are the features of fatigue?
If you experience fatigue, your body and limbs may feel heavy and won’t work properly and you may have flu-like feelings of exhaustion and the feeling that your energy has drained away. Read more
How is fatigue measured?
There’s no direct way of measuring fatigue, but your rheumatology team or GP may use a questionnaire to assess how it’s affecting your life. Read more
What causes fatigue?
Factors that can contribute to fatigue include active disease and long-term conditions, pain itself and some drug treatments. Read more
How can I help myself when I have fatigue?
There are many things you can do to reduce the impact of fatigue. Start by identifying possible causes, then talk to your healthcare team so they can look at ways to help you manage it. Read more
Research and new developments for fatigue
Arthritis Research UK has funded research into talking therapies specifically for arthritis-related fatigue and shown that this can help reduce its impact. Read more