Too pooped to post (#7 in my 30 in 30 series)

tired babyToday marks my 7th post in as many days.  It feels good to be meeting my creative goal of writing and posting daily.  The hardest part hasn’t been finding topics to write about, like I thought, but finding the time and energy to post my writing.  I work full-time, and some days, like today, it takes all my energy to get up, get myself and my kids ready, and make it though the day.  Fatigue is one of the most common and most debilitating symptoms of Lupus.  I came home today and went straight to bed, still in my work clothes.  I tried to post before I fell asleep, but was too pooped to post.  I slept for a few hours and only got up because I promised my family I would finish watching a movie with them.  I’m still pretty tired but wanted to make sure I wrote a little something to keep my writing streak going.  I’ll leave you with some info on Lupus and fatigue from the Lupus Foundation’s website:

How can I manage my fatigue?

As many as 80 percent of people with lupus experience fatigue. For some people with lupus, fatigue is their main symptom. Fatigue can be debilitating, even to the point of forcing them to stop working.

It is unclear why extreme fatigue occurs in so many people with lupus, but the following appear to play a role:

  • Disease activity
  • Pain
  • Age
  • Current medications
  • Poor physical and mental health
  • Lack of good social support

Poor coping strategies, feelings of helplessness, depression or anxiety, smoking, and lack of exercise can also be related to lupus fatigue. Before a physician can conclude that fatigue is related to these factors, he or she will rule out any “treatable” causes of fatigue such as anemia, kidney failure, or hypothyroidism.

Physicians experienced with lupus recognize the harmful and even destructive effects that extreme fatigue can have, and research is underway to learn more about how to treat the problem. Getting regular exercise and being part of a support group can help.

By making some adjustments, people with lupus-related fatigue will be less likely to push themselves to exhaustion.

Tips to Help You Manage Fatigue

  • Alternate activities with periods of rest throughout the day.
  • Establish good sleep patterns.
  • Plan ahead; for example, shop for gifts throughout the year.
  • Prepare meals in advance.
  • Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
  • If you smoke, stop.
  • Rest

Medically reviewed on June 20, 2013

To visit the Lupus Foundation website, please go to http://www.lupus.org/

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