Fatigue is the feeling of extreme tiredness or exhaustion, often involving muscle weakness that can result in difficulty performing tasks. Fatigue is a frequent and troubling symptom of many types of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. To help battle fatigue, try to balance rest and activity:
• Learn your body’s signs of getting tired. Take breaks during or between tasks, before you get too tired.
• Pace yourself during the day. Do a heavy task, then a light task, then another heavy task, and so on. Do the most difficult things when you’re feeling your best. If you pace yourself, you probably can work more than if you work straight through until you’re worn out.
• When your disease is more active, take longer and more frequent rest breaks.
• Pace yourself from day to day. Allow plenty of time to finish the things you start so you won’t feel rushed. Don’t try to do too much at one time.
(Source: University of Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine)