Regular walking can reduce the fatigue experienced by many people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Walking exercise could be a new prescription in the fight against fatigue associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Like pain, fatigue is a symptom that can appear with many different diseases, rheumatoid arthritis is one of those diseases. Fatigue is best described as an overwhelming feeling of exhaustion both physically and mentally. Chronic fatigue is constant tiredness that is not associated with activity or overexerting yourself and it does not disappear with rest.
People with different types of arthritis can experience chronic fatigue, but is can be particularly intense with rheumatoid arthritis. When extreme fatigue with rheumatoid arthritis strikes it can make your limbs feel heavy, you feel a flu- like exhaustion and you might feel as if your energy has been drained away.
Rheumatoid arthritis tiredness or fatigue can have a huge impact on a person’s life so people who suffer from it are always looking for ways to cope.
New study suggests adding more steps to your day will lower fatigue in RA
It may seem natural to want to avoid physical activity when you feel fatigue however; researchers at the University of California in San Francisco discovered that walking exercise can lower fatigue that is associated rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Researchers worked with close to 100 sedentary RA sufferers with at least a moderate level of fatigue. They had been diagnosed with the disease an average of 14 years. Each filled out a health questionnaire and had to report on their fatigue level. Once the questionnaire was complete, they were asked to wear an activity-monitoring device, called a pedometer, for one week to determine their base level of activity. The average number of steps was 3,710. This number is well below what is considered the sedentary level.
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