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    Old 01-11-2017, 06:16 PM   #1
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    First time here, have been lurking but this is the reason I sought this forum.

    A year and a half since RA/PsA diagnosis and a year on Humira and hydroxychloroquine. I am in pain at night (at the moment my elbow is keeping me up) but it seems to make me so tired which I am sure appears to be lazy. I only get my second wind in the afternoon.

    I am 47 and choose to stay in school (PhD program) because I can do it from home and not get out of bed for the better part of the day. I love to cook, but after one hour on my feet making lunch or dinner puts me back in bed or on the couch. I even enjoy grocery shopping because I like to cook, but that wears me out. I try to hide it because I know I look lazy. I need a job, and am qualified, but don't know what to do where I don't have to stand up for lengthy periods of time and use my qualifications at the same time.

    I excelled when I could grab a work at home position in my field, but they are contracts and do not last long. I have explained to my Rheumy the tiredness but perhaps not to this extent. I am now having problems with Obamacare, so I am on hold seeing her for at least a month or two.

    Seeking any advise.

    Best regards!

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    Old 01-23-2017, 11:07 AM   #2
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    Re: Tired/Lazy

    I had/ have the same problems. I take Predisone to supplement my Biologic and the Plaxquentil, and it helps with the fatigue problem. Also a nap in the PM can make a different. My Rheum. Dr. says small maintenance doses of Presidone have been found to
    help in this area. Also be alert that the fatigue may also be related to depression associated with RA.

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