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How can psoriatic arthritis cause fatigue?

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When you have psoriatic arthritis, your body makes proteins, called cytokines that cause inflammation and may also cause fatigue, although doctors aren't sure why. When you have a flare, the cytokines set your immune system off. But instead of fighting an infection, your immune system attacks your joints. Maybe the fatigue comes from your body using energy to do this.

SOURCES:

Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD, dermatologist-in-chief, Tufts Medical Center

Lee, S. , December 2010 Pharmacy and Therapeutics

Sharon Mayo, health educator, National Psoriasis Foundation

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance (UK): “Why do I feel so tired?” National Health Services (UK): “The energy diet.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Fatigue and Excessive Sleepiness,” “Can’t sleep? Psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis may be to blame.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD, dermatologist-in-chief, Tufts Medical Center

Lee, S. , December 2010 Pharmacy and Therapeutics

Sharon Mayo, health educator, National Psoriasis Foundation

The Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance (UK): “Why do I feel so tired?” National Health Services (UK): “The energy diet.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Fatigue and Excessive Sleepiness,” “Can’t sleep? Psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis may be to blame.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

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