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Posted By : mlrarr - 7/21/2016 9:16 AM
Hi again,
Ms. Newbie here. I have been having so much fatigue. I only have about 3 good days a week then its back to struggling to get things done. I went out of the kaiser Dr and got a side Dr that I pay cash for. (ouch) Any way he gave a a prescription for B-12 injections. He told me to go home and YouTube it and have my hubby give them to me once a week. FUN!
So how do you handle and what do you all do for your fatigue? And has anyone ever tried B-12 injections??
Thanks
Melinda

Posted By : celebrate life - 7/22/2016 10:48 PM
Hi Melinda,
I haven't heard of B 12 injections, but I hope they help. I have not had debilitating fatigue that so many do, but I do find that the minute I sit down I want to fall asleep. Planning my daily activities and exercising regularly helps me stave off sluggishness.
Beth

Posted By : Don_D - 7/28/2016 8:31 PM
Hi Melinda and welcome aboard. I had B12 injections a few years ago for fatigue and they helped a bit. My Doctor at the time tested me and my levels were low so I took them for about 3 months or so until my test results came back and stabilized.

A panel can be run to check for deficiencies and you might ask your Doctor to do that for you. I am also anemic so unless I take Iron supplements regularly I have an increase in fatigue over my normal levels. These seem to be common with RA people unfortunately. I also take vitamin D too. It has helped over the years living in WA on the wet side we see months of overcast and rainy weather. I think I have read that people with RA tend to have low vitamin D levels.

I have had a lot of fatigue these last 3 years or so in comparison to my earlier years with RA but my theory is that it is in part related to the biologic injections I have been on for so long. Suppressing the immune system for so many years has to take a toll eventually.

I hope that the injections help your energy levels and that you feel better. It is really no fun struggling through the day and being exhausted every step of the way. Take care! -Don

Posted By : Alice22 - 7/29/2016 9:34 PM
Hi Melinda,
I found that my fatigue was a lot worse before I got on a biologic medication. Once I got on Enbrel, and then Remicade, things got better though as I've gotten older I do feel like I have less energy then other people I know in my age group. What medication are you taking, and is it controlling your other symptoms? I've had B12 shots but I think fatigue is just a part of RA, but if it's helping you then it makes sense to continue. As Don said vitamin D is important too. I live in sunny South Carolina and I was still very low when first checked two years ago!
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2005 and rheumatoid arthritis in 1998. On Remicade since 2005 for both diseases. For UC tried sulfasalazine, Lialda, colazal and others which made me ill. Started 50 mg. Imuran July 2015. Use peppermint oil capsules and Bentyl which help during a flare and with IBS symptoms.

Caregiver for mother with Alzheimer's Disease (for Alz. forum).

Posted By : BadDay - 7/30/2016 2:00 AM
Hi Melinda
I have had B12 injections and they can help with Fatigue But another thing is to check your Vitamin D Levels
as I had to have Huge doses of Vit D recently and that helped,
Unfortunately Fatigue is a Common Thread in RA and can be one of the hardest things to deal with
I have a standing joke with friends that I have a Shower Day and that is Twice a week I have a Shower with assistance and That it All I can Do for that Day I prepare for and have my shower then spend the rest of the day recovering , same goes if I want to go out anywhere I must do very little the previous day and be sure to rest the following day.
another thing that helps fatigue is Massages as they release endorphins also relax the muscles
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