As many as 80 percent of people with lupus experience fatigue. –Lupus Foundation of America
What is your biggest complaint of lupus? Pain? Lupus fog? Fatigue? All are crappy symptoms that we must deal with daily–sometimes gracefully and not-so-gracefully at other times. Today, I plan to queen out about FATIGUE. Lately, my conversations have been going something like this:
Regular female: Hi! How are you? How are you feeling?
Diva: I’m OK (lying through my teeth).
Regular female: Well, you cannot believe the day I had! I blah blah blah blah, and then blah blah blah. So, do you want to join the girls and I to do stupid-girl things? I plan on spending 2 hours in getting ready, so to lure a shady man to buy one drink for me. And then, I am going to hopelessly fall in instant love with him- because he buys me that one drink- but then, I will be super upset because he will never call. Are you sure you are OK? You look a little beat.
Diva: Yes, I am fine (lying through teeth). I am a little tired (lying through teeth… full exhaustion and headache setting in) so I am just going to call it a night and drug myself to sleep. Have fun tonight (rolling eyes).
After dealing with fatigue for who-knows-how-long, it finally dawns on me:
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have an ENERGY CRISIS on our hands!
An energy crisis is any great bottleneck (or price rise) in the supply of energy resources to an economy. -from the experts at Wikipedia 😉 (…i have no idea what this means…)
Fatigue is no stranger to me, and it has become a blasted-barrier in my life. I have tried several recommendations to help win against fatigue, but I still find myself fighting that battle. Here are some easy tips from the Lupus Foundation of America:
Tips to Help You Manage Fatigue
- Alternate activities with periods of rest throughout the day.
- Establish good sleep patterns.
- Plan ahead; for example, shop for gifts throughout the year.
- Prepare meals in advance.
- Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
- Stop smoking if you smoke.
Because of lupus and its adorable symptoms (i.e., including extreme fatigue), I have cut down from full-time to part-time status at work. Fatigue has really affected my productivity at work, and performing 150% 5 days a week was becoming less and less doable. Today on my day off, I proposed a plan to resolve My energy crisis. Before revealing my plan, let me break down my day to demonstrate the amount of thought and detail that went to such a logical plan.
1. Opened eyes from a 12-hour coma and crawled out of bed at 11 am (don’t judge it was my day-off) still feeling exhausted.
2. Perform my daily rituals of coffee, steroids, pain-killers, vitamins, and dulce de leche on a slice of toast (very Argentine of me ;))
3. Realized that I had a prescription of Norco (a painkiller) ready for me at the pharmacy. This was enough motivation for me to get out of bed… Showered at 1 pm. (again- don’t you dare judge!)
4. While at pharmacy, stumbled onto the vitamin and supplement aisle and noticed the following product: GNC Women’s Ultra Mega Energy and Metabolism Multivitamin. These timed-release caplets provide a gradual release of vital nutrients.
5. I read the product information:
Clinically studied multivitamin
- With 1600 IU of vitamin D-3 for breast+ and bone health*
- Calorie burning support*
- Boosts energy and metabolism*
- Supports mental focus*
In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 112 healthy volunteers, subjects taking the GNC vitamin and mineral blend in this product for six weeks experienced statistically significant improvements in markers of B vitamin and antioxidant status, as well as improvements in SF-36 Vitality and Mental Health scores compared to those taking a placebo
Advanced Nutritional Support
- Includes 1600 IU of vitamin D-3. +Emerging research suggests that adequate daily vitamin D intake may play a role in supporting breast and colon health.*
- Supplies B-vitamins that are essential for energy production and metabolism.*
- Provides important bone-strengthening nutrients including 500mg of calcium, magnesium and vitamin D-3 that are essential in the development of healthy bones and teeth.* Adequate calcium and vitamin D in a healthy diet throughout life may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Calorie Burning Support
- Features an energy and metabolism blend that helps boost energy and metabolism and support calorie burning.* The components in this blend also help support mental focus.*
- Contains a premium blend of antioxidants including selenium, vitamin C and vitamin E to aid in supporting the body’s immunity.*
- Combines lutein and zeazanthin to support eye health with lycopene, an antioxidant from tomatoes to support cardiovascular health.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease
5. Decided to give these pills a try. I am in need of vitamin B and D supplements and will benefit from the extra boost of energy (and metabolism– this diva is getting jiggggggly). Also, I would not mind the boost in mental focus.
6. Swallowed one (2 pills are recommended per day) at 4:30 pm. I already noticed one thing: these pills smell funny.
7. Today marks Day 1/2 of resolving my energy crisis with this multivitamin supplement. I plan on tracking my status every 2-3 days.
I know what you are thinking… “Diva, you sure thought this through.”
Fans, don’t be too jealous of my well-laid-out plan (haha!). I did make a note in my trusty notebook about my new purchase, because I will be visiting with Dr. Lupus on Friday and want to make sure he knows of my new plan to resolve my energy crisis.
Diva note: Always tell your doc of all the medications (including vitamins) that you put into your body.
Stay Tuned… AND