For people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fatigue can be a debilitating symptom that interferes with daily life and significantly reduces quality of life. Managing fatigue can be difficult; it is linked to disease activity and a host of other conditions that commonly accompany RA, such as depression, sleep problems and obesity.
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A new study, however, suggests that use of a simple intervention can have a significant impact on reducing fatigue by targeting a common source of fatigue in people with RA—that is, physical inactivity.
A recent study by Katz and colleagues found that patients with RA who used a pedometer to monitor their physical activity had a significant reduction in fatigue.1 In addition, increasing physical activity also improved self-reported disease activity, functioning, depression and pain interference.