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Old 04-16-2008, 09:32 AM   #1
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Question Does Osteoarthritis cause Fatigue?

Hi everyone.

I am pretty sure I have osteoarthritis. My primary Dr. told me this week that my sacroiliac joint is inflamed, and I have almost constant tension and aches in my neck. I am 53 years old.

Just wondering if Osteoarthritis can cause fatigue? I have read that RA does, but not sure if OA causes fatigue. I have felt so tired lately ( had CBC a month ago and all was fine ) especially since my sacroiliac joint has been bothering me.

If it does cause fatigue, what is the reason?
Will this ever go away?

I just don't feel like myself and think I even have depression.

Thank you for any help.


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Old 04-16-2008, 11:47 AM   #2
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Re: Does Osteoarthritis cause Fatigue?

Hi, yes, it can definitely cause fatigue. The pain itself can be exhausting and when you're in pain, it's very hard to do things physically so your body feels drained, sometimes by the simplest tasks. If you have pain at night while trying to sleep, it will cause you to not get enough restful sleep, which can also contribute to fatigue; I have also read there can be some inflammation with OA and that can cause fatigue as well. Plus if you're just overdoing things that will tire you out and if you get depressed over the pain, that can also contribute to fatigue. So there are lots of things can cause fatigue with OA.

For example: Just think of if you do some sort of exercise you've never done before and you do a bit of it at one time. Like say, leg presses. Usually the following day you will have alot of muscle pain/achiness. With OA, you have pain and stiffness and alot of extra pressure on your spine from the degeneration. This causes problems moving around and walking; When you walk, you might walk differently, with a limp, or using a different posture than normal....all of this can put extra work on your muscles without even doing much. Then your legs feel tired and/or very achy after doing things b/c there is more stress on your legs so your muscles are working harder.

I hope this helps you to understand somewhat...

Old 04-16-2008, 02:45 PM   #3
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Re: Does Osteoarthritis cause Fatigue?

Pain alone is very tiring, it can also affect how well you sleep -if you're getting to sleep in the first place.
Did you have any other blood tests done? If electrolytes, vitamin D, or B12 are low that can cause fatigue too.

Did your doctor suggest anything to get that inflammation down? Medrol dose pack or injections? Mine was pretty bad when it was flared up, but thankfully it's calmed down over the last few months, I hope you can get the inflammation in your's under control and get to feeling better.
Once that's settled down physical therapy for that area can help.

For my neck, when it gets bad enough cause a headache or spasms, I take muscle relaxers and use ice (ice for inflammation, heat for muscles). If you can get into PT maybe you can see if your doctor can write it out so you can get some for your neck too -ultrasound and massage would probably feel great.

Old 04-16-2008, 08:28 PM   #4
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Re: Does Osteoarthritis cause Fatigue?

Thank you both so very much. I really appreciate your responses.

I actually was low on Vitamin D and have been taking a supplement. I was off my vitamins for a week ( I thought something in my multi was making me have anxiety, but it turned out it was not ) But I was off the Vitamin D for a little over a week, did not drink any milk either, so I was thinking maybe my levels got down again and maybe it takes a while to get them back up. So yes, perhaps part of the fatigue is due to that. My B12 was fine, thank good ness.

I will look into the PT and will keep you posted.

Thank you both so much. I will come back on and let you know what happens.

Good luck to you all.


Old 04-17-2008, 07:34 AM   #5
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Re: Does Osteoarthritis cause Fatigue?

Are you taking vitamin D3? D and D2 won't do you much good unless you spend several minutes outside each day - you need UV rays to convert the other forms to D3 so your body can actually use it.

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