5 Tips for Beating Ankylosing Spondylitis Fatigue
Check for anemia
Inflammation from AS increases your risk for anemia, a condition marked by a lack of healthy red blood cells. These cells are responsible for transporting oxygen to organs.
Fatigue is one of the first signs of anemia. Other symptoms of anemia include:
- frequent headaches
- shortness of breath
- pale skin
Anemia is diagnosed with a blood test. If you’re diagnosed with anemia, your doctor may prescribe an iron supplement to restore your red blood cell levels.
Your doctor will also want to make sure you don’t have ulcers or bleeding from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use or heavy menstrual periods.