Low Battery

“You know you have RA if you’ve ever felt like calling it a day at 10:00 am.” —RA Guy

Sometimes, the most limiting aspect of living with rheumatoid arthritis has nothing to do with pain, and everything to do with fatigue. I’m currently in one of these periods, and the only thing that I can do is rest, rest, and rest. I know that a second wind will eventually come, and my energy levels will once again rise.

This morning was one of those that I had not experienced for quite a while. You know, those mornings when you have to muster enough energy to get out of bed (and, even though you slept soundly through the night, you wake up feeling ten times more tired than when you went to sleep!) Then it’s time to take a bath (sit-down, of course…I haven’t taken a stand-up shower here at home for years now) and get dressed. And then, well…that’s it, at least for the next few hours, if not for the rest of the day!

But, at least, when I jump (more like fall) back into bed, I’m clean and refreshed.

We’re currently in our warmest part of the year down here, it’s very sunny and temps are up into the 70′s. (Temperatures in the 80′s would qualify as a heat wave—I’m not even kidding. Oh, and our summer is actually quite cold, due to the fact that it corresponds with the rainy season.) I wonder if this warm weather might be a factor, when it comes to this current bout of fatigue?

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

5 Comments
5 comments
  1. HayWire0831 says:

    Awe, I hope you get rested up today RA Guy. Your city needs you! At least you don’t make yourself feel guilty for needing rest like I do. Feel better soon and yeah, hot bath = bliss!!!!

  2. Megan says:

    My last two mornings have been like that – then I dragged myself out for errands and got a burst of energy that I was paying for by 2PM. So tired!

  3. Lene says:

    having just lived through an extended period like this, I can completely relate. I think I’m still there to an extent. By now, I’m able to work for a couple of hours, but it’s 12:30 PM and I’m pretty much toast for the day. Very much looking forward to my annual now/Mandatory Rest Period.

    When there’s a lot of humidity (i.e., rain), my RA always gets worse and the fatigue gets worse, so my guess is that there is a connection. I talked to my naturopath about the fatigue (more like exhaustion, isn’t it?) and she recommended B12 shots. I’ve been getting them for the last couple of months and they really do make a difference. Doesn’t do anything bad to you, either, so if you can finagle it, they might be worth a try.

    Hang in there. One of the benefits of having RA for a while is that you know that it ebbs and flows. I really like the posts where you show that – I think it’s so important for all of us to be reminded that after each dip usually comes a peak.

    (see how I worked the Andes in there? ;) )

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