More than just tiredness

Living with persistent pain can be physically and mentally tiring. This tiredness, or fatigue, can make everyday activities seem overwhelming.

As well as being a result of your pain, fatigue may be caused by lack of sleep, medications, depression or conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Many of the strategies that you use to manage your pain can be used to manage fatigue including exercise, relaxation, saying no, eating a healthy diet, pacing your activities, getting a good night’s sleep and talking with your doctor about your medications.

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