How to deal with Lupus Fatigue

What is Lupus Fatigue?

Lupus fatigue is the one of the most common symptoms of Lupus. In fact, 80% of people with Lupus experience fatigue at one point in their life.

Lupus fatigue can be described as long term tiredness and lack of energy. It can be categorized as Mental Fatigue and Physical Fatigue. 

What is the cause of Lupus Fatigue?

Unfortunately,  Experts do not understand the full reason as to why Fatigue is so common with Lupus Patients.

Symptoms of fatigue could be related to other symptoms to other conditions, such as Fibromyalgia.

Don’t be afraid to ask for support!

How can I deal with my Lupus pain?

To alleviate Lupus Fatigue, experts recommend the following strategies:

  • Exercising RegularlyExercising has a number of health benefits, and it can reduce fatigue by boosting your energy.  Exercising does not have to be intense; even light to moderate exercise is enough to keep you being healthy and happy.
  • Get Enough Rest! —  Getting at least 8 hours of sleep is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Developing good sleeping habits can help you alleviate your fatigue symptoms. Most people need 7-8 hours, but Lupus patients may need more We recommend you try to stay away from your devices as much as you can before you can go to sleep. This includes your phone, TV, computer, etc. The bright light can reduce the melatonin (the neurotransmitter responsible for making you sleepy) in your brain, making it more difficult to fall asleep.
  •  Maintain a Healthy Diet — Lupus patients should try to avoid foods high in grease, salt and sugar. Eating healthier and rich in nutrients will help your energy levels and feel good overall.We recommend eating nutrient food such as spinach and broccoli, which has a high source of calcium. You should speak with your doctor as to which foods are right for you, as every case of lupus is unique. In addition, drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day is very important to keep you hydrated.
  • Keeping a Daily Journal — Keeping a daily journal to track your medication, mood, flares and triggers is helpful to you. Having a log of your daily progress is important.
  • Listen to your Body and Limits! — Your body needs care. If you feel like you are exceeding your limit, don’t be afraid to say no. Don’t be afraid to stick for up yourself. Rest when needed, and don’t be afraid to let others know! They don’t have to understand, but you do.

Keeping a Diary!

We hope these tips can help you get through your fatigue symptoms. Always consult with your doctor if you are experiencing worst symptoms.

Good luck, #Lupies!