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How can psoriatic arthritis make you tired?

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This condition leads your body to make a protein called cytokines, which causes inflammation. So your joints may swell and be painful or stiff. The proteins also make you tired, but doctors aren’t sure why. One reason might be that psoriatic arthritis forces your body to spend energy to attack your own immune system.

This disease also may prevent you from sleeping well. If that’s a problem, talk to your doctor. A medication may help you get better rest.

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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