Managing Fatigue in Lupus

This site is intended for healthcare professionals as a useful source of information on the diagnosis, treatment and support of patients with lupus and related connective tissue diseases.
The fatigue that many patients experience in lupus is different from the everyday tiredness that can be caused by the activities of daily life. When it is severe, it is a tiredness that is not always improved with rest, and can last for some considerable time. It could be triggered by certain activities or stress, and can lead to frustration and sometimes periods of depression especially when the fatigue of lupus is significantly interfering with life plans.

It is at these times when it is most difficult to manage and the following in the box below may help patients to feel more in control:-
Pacing and planning


Setting realistic achievable goals

Increasing exercise levels

Relaxation

Sleep well


Reduce stressors where possible
Control levels of activity to meet individual physical capacity. Enables the patient to consider adequate time to plan things in advance

Improves feelings of satisfaction with achievements, however small.

Puts the patient more in control of symptoms

Exercise makes us feel good, reduces our stress levels and improves our overall health

Yoga, Pilates and T’ai chi are excellent in helping you not only to strengthen muscles and also to learn how to relax. It will improve symptoms the more experience is gained

Sleep is uplifting and soothing. Sleep allows the ability to function on a daily basis. Fatigue is worse when sleep patterns are not stable

Stress causes us to feel upset and can lead to an increase in symptoms. Reducing stress levels is recommended for all aspects of good health