It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, for many reasons, including a bad fall, surgery and rehab, and a move 2500 miles across the country…
As I imagine most of you have, I’ve dealt with fatigue for many years. After I finally began receiving treatment for PsA in 2012, pain reduced markedly. But, fatigue has continued to be a constant companion, sometimes getting worse, as it is now.
In December 2022 a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor identified through x ray that I had two new stress fractures of the sacrum, Ikely due to osteoporosis. I thought, ah, that explains my recent increased back pain and fatigue (in Nov-Dec).
I was better by early January when the doctor saw me again. And, that is the only way healing of the fractures is determined: patient report. So, he said that I didn’t have to go back.
But, now, I am worse again and taking it easy when I have to. But, I am worried.
Fatigue is a nonspecific symptom, so common in PsA, poorly understood, often ignored, and, to top it off, a symptom of many diseases, including ours, heart disease, cancer, and so on…
I will ask the rheumatologist about fatigue when I see her soon. I am also considering going to see my PCP and/or the physical medicine doctor. I am just so sick of doctors right now. What are your thoughts about fatigue?