Have lupus researchers discovered any more information about the causes of the extreme lupus fatigue so many of us experience?
A majority of patients with lupus identify fatigue as one of their primary symptoms, yet the causes of fatigue vary from person to person. Although research is still ongoing, several important factors have been found to be associated with fatigue such as poor sleep quality, depression, anxiety, anemia, vitamin D deficiency, and reduced physical activity with deconditioning. Conditions that sometimes co-exist with lupus such as obesity, diabetes, thyroid disease and fibromyalgia can also be associated with fatigue. Lupus itself can also be associated with fatigue, but so can the medications used to treat lupus, creating a challenging balance for many patients.