Subject: Re: How do you manage constant tiredness?
Oh it is awful isn't it!! I blogged yesterday that the pain is not really the difficulty with immune related arthritis, it is the exhaustion and the feeling burnt all over. We just (I say we as husband also has arthritis) have to accept that on those days we do minimum possible in order to recover and re fuel our bodies quickly, this is tricky as I am a Psychologist and he is a graphic artist and we are parents. I end up trying to put my dogs and baby's mind at rest whilst hubby is drawing using the ketchup on his plate! We find it difficult to veg but you really need to, it is no shame to do so when your body is crying for you to chill.
Another tactic is Tramdol, a pain killer that has the side effect of energy boost/high! Be-careful ,the come down of it can be tricky for some (not major though) and once you start Tramdol it is v difficult to come off because of the energy boost it gives. Tramdol was my only way of getting through uni.
If you take one day out and chill you recover quicker than if you push against the tiredness for a week and end up in a heap for a month! Read, listen to music (do you know music has been proven to release endorphin's that act as pain killers!) and eat well, it really does make you recharge in order to put your all in for the next day.
Also as a student are you aware you are entitled to a "Disabled Student Assessment"? I would so suggest you get an assessment ASAP.This would enable your faculty staff to be aware you need extra assignment time, may need a nice new laptop so you are not taking notes with painful hands, may need extra exam time. All these things might be very important in the long run in preventing exhaustion. You can even get a student note taker who will attend lectures, seminars on behalf of you when you are too ill to get in and need to rest, they will gather work for you and take notes etc. Even if you have had a DSA before with a undergrad degree, with every new course you take on you are entitled to a DSA.
I have to say above all be here, it is nice for me to hear others go through this exhaustion, it makes you feel less bonkers! :)
Keep going :)