About Energy & Fatigue in Lupus and Sjogren’s in the Video Below

Fatigue in lupus, Sjogren’s and related disorders: concise, practical video from the Sjogren’s Foundation below

Lupus patient with fatigue

Fatigue in lupus and other autoimmune disorders can be devastating
In the video linked below, you will find out:– the causes of fatigue in lupus and other autoimmune disorders such as Sjogren’s. Although this talk was given for the Sjogren’s Foundation, it also applies to systemic lupus erythematosus and related disorders:

​- the different types of fatigue

– practical advice on how to approach and treat fatigue
– Download my free Fatigue Management and Sleep Hygiene Handouts in my Lupus Secrets.Vitamins for lupus fatigue? Vitamins only help if there is actually a deficiency causing the fatigue. This most commonly is either iron, vitamin D, or vitamin B12. However, vitamins rarely help most patients’ lupus fatigue.

Exercise and fatigue? This is actually the most successful treatment in people who have lupus, Sjogren’s, fibromyalgia, sleep disorders and related problems.

When are medicines most likely to help? If you have a high anti-dsDNA, low C3 or C4 complement, or high EC4d, then medications such as belimumab (Benlysta) may help fatigue. Hydroxychloroquine can help many patients as well.

Should you get lab tests for fatigue? Yes, I generally check blood counts, liver enzymes, kidney function, muscle enzymes, electrolytes, thyroid function tests, iron levels, vitamin B12 and vitamin D levels, hepatitis C titers, and lupus disease activity. Many people should get a sleep study to make sure they do not have other treatable causes such as sleep apnea.


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 Don Thomas, MD, author of “The Lupus Encyclopedia” and “The Lupus Secrets

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