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Lack of energy

I just don't feel like doing anything I mean not even something as simple as making a bowl of cereal that's how bad it is. What should I do?

  1. Hi , sorry to hear that you're struggling so much. I think a lot of us here will be able to relate to this lack of energy. It can be truly debilitating. Do you think your PsA is flaring or is the lack of energy always this bad? Personally, when I'm feeling like that I take it as a sign that I just need to rest. Feeling this way and being forced to rest can be very frustrating though.

    Here's an article which looks at managing PsA fatigue, which I thought may be helpful: Personally, the only thing that really seems to have helped me is treating my psoriatic arthritis with medication. I also wanted to share the following forum discussion on motivation, just in case you're looking for some inspiration: If you haven't done so already, we would encourage you to check in with your doctor about this. They might have some suggestions or want to investigate further.

    I hope others will chime in with their experiences and suggestions here. Hoping today is kind to you, Ron K! Warmly, -Catherine, Community Moderator

    1. Thank you for all thay you do for our community!
      Brandon K.

    2. , thank you so much for your kind comment, Brandon. It's my pleasure! I have learned so much from this community, and everyone here has greatly helped me with my own journey with psoriatic arthritis. How are you doing at the moment? Thank you again for reaching out. You've made my day! Warmly, -Catherine, Community Moderator

  2. A few years ago I used to find merely taking a shower in the morning necessitated a nap followed by rest for the remainder of the day. Or walking 30 feet down the hall from bedroom to kitchen felt like I had been on an all day uphill hike. This was quite distressing because I had always been a highly active and motivated person. I tried to explain it away to myself, blaming this or that, a lot of stress was going on in my life at the time. But it was bone crushing fatigue. Then one day it dawned on me that Psoriatic Spondylitis is constantly wearing down my body and, being a long time athletic person, even though I wasn't nearly as active anymore, my body needed extra fuel to recover what was slowly, painfully, eroding away by disease. Time for a life shift. My body needed me to improve my nutrition. I added at least 40 grams of protein and 6 extra servings of fresh or frozen fruits and veggies, additional probiotics, and 20 to 30 extra ounces of water a day. I also cut my saturated and trans fats to no more than 10-12 grams a day and no more alcohol, not even one glass of wine. That made a significant impact on my energy levels on a daily basis. I strictly follow a NO, not low, FODMAP diet. My extra protein servings come from hydrolyzed (better bioavailability) collagen peptides. My better probiotics are by Garden of Life. It's a sacrifice, giving up vices, but one well worth my quality of life. I sleep better too now. Hope this helps!

    1. I think you'll find that, even though diet plans can be highly individualized, the advice here is sound. When it comes to PsA, particularly the fatigue aspect, diet matters. Processed carbs and added sugars, alcohol, tobacco, saturated and trans fats, and highly processed foods can all exacerbate your symptoms, driving inflammation, pain, and fatigue. This disease, much like diabetes, requires lifestyle changes, in addition to medication, to truly manage.

      1. Hello , You are right on the money about this. I have been living with psoriatic disease for 60 years. At first, I wasn't getting it, for many years the light bulb wasn't on. I develop T2D and years later changed my diet. It was a life changer. We are all not the same, so not saying this works for everyone, but it did for me. Thanks for sharing. Diane (Team Member)

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