Fatigue is a common problem for people with psoriatic arthritis. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, some studies indicate that half of all psoriatic arthritis patients have moderate-to-severe fatigue.
Why does psoriatic arthritis cause fatigue?
When you have this disease, your body makes proteins called cytokines that cause inflammation. These proteins, which can make your joints swell and become painful or stiff, cause fatigue. Doctors are unsure why fatigue occurs, but it may be a result of your body using energy when a flare happens. When you experience a flare, your immune system attacks your joints instead of fighting an infection.
Another cause of the fatigue could be because the joint pain and skin rashes caused by psoriatic arthritis may be keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep. If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep, consult with your doctor. They may provide you with some medication that will help you get some much-needed rest.
How to keep fatigue in check
In the meantime, there are some lifestyle changes you can make that may boost your energy and make you feel better. They include the following:
Exercising regularly can help ease pain and boost energy as well as help you sleep better. Try doing exercises like swimming and walking for relief.
2. Eat healthy
Eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet will provide your body with the fuel it needs. Opt for lean protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Avoid sugars or starchy items that give you a short-term lift and then leave you drained.
3. Get plenty of sleep
Although this is the obvious answer, we realize that for psoriatic arthritis patients getting the appropriate amount of sleep isn’t always easy.
To combat this, here are some tips: