Daily Symptoms & The Pains of Psoriatic Arthritis
Day to day living in the year 2020 is a challenge on any level. Adding to that psoriatic arthritis can make for your day to get leveled up on challenging.
We keep our chins up and we keep on keeping on. Every day brings new challenges accompanied by the old ones. These three psoriatic arthritis symptoms below are part of my every day. Whether I like it or not, they are here to stay. Would I say I have it under control? Some days and other days, honestly I just wing it.
If I were a superhero, my nemesis would be fatigue. A villain draped in Egyptian cotton bed sheets singing lullabies while never allowing me to sleep. Like a thirst that you cannot quench, Fatigues' desire to rest is insatiable. Even my daughter knows that mommy is tired most of the time, bless her little heart.
Waking up totally exhausted most days has been by far one of the most frustrating symptoms. It simply never seems to go away. How do I cope with this? Honestly most days I don't actually. I just keep on doing things one moment at a time. I eat well, I work out and attempt to have a good sleep routine. While none of this makes it better, I do think that it stops it from getting worse.
Stiffness in the morning could be a good thing if it were not all over my body. Stiffness is also the reason I struggle to get out of bed in the morning. I use an eggshell topper on top of my bed, which brings me a lot of relief for general body aches.
I've started waking up in a routine now. I start really slow and begin stretching everything gently before getting out of bed. The days of waking up and jumping out of bed are long gone. To achieve any kind of wake up and go, I would need to sleep in a toaster. As the day progresses the stiffness does settle down. By the evening, I seem to have a better range of motion.
This is one that I think is rather common for most of us but I feel it needs mentioning. This one has often reduced me to a blubbering mess. Pain is, well painful and levels change every day depending on various factors. Pain is also deeply exhausting when you are experiencing it 24/7.
Due to my psoriatic arthritis being mild for the time being. I am able to get by with the assistance of pain medication, making sure I wear good shoes and sitting correctly. All of the above can often lead to me being moody which in itself has become like a symptom, maybe this is just part of my personality now? Who knows.
What are the symptoms that you struggle with the most on a daily basis? How do you deal with them?
Do you have a sleep disorder (eg. insomnia, sleep apnea, RLS) in addition to your PsA?