5 Tips for Beating Ankylosing Spondylitis Fatigue
Ankylosing spondylitis and fatigue
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is known for complications related to inflammation of the spine. While the pain and discomfort may disrupt your daily activities, you could be contending with another debilitating side effect: fatigue.
According to the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society, fatigue is one of the most common complaints among AS patients. Excessive tiredness can be attributed to AS itself, but it can also be a side effect.
Keep reading to learn what’s causing your fatigue and how to stop it in its tracks.
Inflammation and fatigue
The biggest culprit behind AS-related fatigue is inflammation.
Inflamed tissues within your spine release small, protein-based chemicals called cytokines, considered to play a major role in fatigue, pain, and psychological disturbances. Cytokines, which are produced by cells in your immune system, react in your body similarly to those produced when you have a cold or flu. This is why you may feel like you have a viral illness when you really don’t.
Treating inflammation with medications can help reduce the excessive fatigue. But keep in mind that prescription drugs that contain opioids or codeine may increase tiredness.