It’s easier for people to think of joints as causing problems than to think of fatigue and the other intangible things that give RA patients trouble. That’s because fatigue is not something you can put your finger on. It’s a sense that you’re not feeling up to par, that you’re slowing down. Nothing else may be wrong that’s obvious to you or your physician. You may or may not have joint pain or stiffness at that moment. But the fatigue is there.
Patients sometimes compare the fatigue of RA to recuperating from the flu – as if they’re trying to keep up and can’t do it. But that’s not quite all of it. There’s something more that’s hard to define. The fatigue of having a systemic rheumatic disease is unique and can be very difficult for patients and those around them.
HSS is nationally ranked #1 in orthopedics, #3 in rheumatology, and #16 in neurology by U.S.News & World Report (2010-2011). HSS has been top-ranked in the Northeast for both orthopedics and rheumatology for the 20th consecutive year. In addition, Consumer Reports ranked Hospital for Special Surgery the best hospital in New York City according to their patient satisfaction study.