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Fatigue and Mild Psoriatic Arthritis

Fatigue and Mild Psoriatic Arthritis

Yes, even though I have mild psoriatic arthritis – I still experience fatigue.

Some people assume because I have mild psoriatic arthritis, that I don’t experience the fatigue that often comes with this disease. I DO experience regular fatigue. The fatigue for me has at times been overwhelming. It has at times become so overwhelming that I find myself taking a midday nap to combat it on the weekends. Through the week, I try to go to bed early in order to be well rested throughout the day, so that I can be as productive as possible. Some days I would even describe the fatigue as the worst part of this disease for me.

Stress and fatigue

Stress has a way of making anything worse and there is no exception when it comes to living with mild psoriatic arthritis. When stress hits, the fatigue gets worse. I try to keep stress minimal, but having two young boys to worry about and chase after gets anyone a little stressed.  Add to that, a full time job, the demands of keeping a household running – well that just equals more stress, and more stress for me usually means more fatigue and more joint pain.

How do I manage?

To manage fatigue, I have to manage my stress levels and for me that means being organized. I can’t have heaps of laundry sitting around because I know that it will result in being stressed, so I regularly make sure the laundry is done. It sounds like such a small thing, but for me it triggers stress. If I am experiencing fatigue, I take a rest. I may take twenty minutes to just sit down with a book and read or if it is really bad, I take a nap. I may even go to bed earlier than usual to get the rest I need in order to feel good the next day.

Exercise for fatigue

Exercise they say will combat fatigue, but it sure is hard to exercise when you feel like just lying down. I am trying to listen to my body, and if I am feeling good, I walk and try to be active. If I am feeling the fatigued, I rest. That being said, I know that one thing I need to do is get on a regular exercise program. I know that for me variety is best, I need to be out walking, riding, and even swimming.

So yes, for those of us with mild psoriatic arthritis, fatigue can seem to run our day.

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Comments

  • Grace
    4 months ago

    I think the biggest struggle for me is having something that’s invisible and having people think it’s just a matter of getting up and moving to make your pains feel better…..I can’t wait for when I can get up and just move.

    Mild or severe it still stinks…hope you feel great soon.

  • ptm215
    1 year ago

    Fatigue is by far the hardest sym9rom for me to deal with. 12 hours of sleep at night and I still never feel rested. I only have PsA, no psoriasis. I have joint involvement in n all fingers of both hands, right foot toes, both knees, 1 hip, both wrists and ankles. I’ve probably left some out. I am currently taking Otezla. I failed ok n methotrexate (I felt like I was dying a little bit with each shot. ). I think it might be time to switch meds but I am so afraid of all the side effects.

  • dalmav41
    1 year ago

    I’m sorry but how do you know it’s just mild psa? Did not know docs rate it that way. I’m sorry about your fatigue, me too I have to push hard to exercise. I have a small above ground pool, so for me that’s really been helping exercising that way. Good luck.

  • Carrie R author
    1 year ago

    How do I know its mild PsA because my Dr told me it was. Because my symptoms are controlled with only an NSAID. I don’t have swelling and all my joints are moving and have excellent range in motion upon physical examination. However I was only diagnosed 2 years ago so I am at the beginning of my journey.

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