Inflammatory rheumatism causes three types of fatigue

Sometimes serious, almost chronic fatigue has a medical reason. Researchers have recently found a connection with inflammatory rheumatism.

Inflammatory rheumatism causes three types of fatigue
Sometimes serious, almost chronic fatigue has a medical reason. Researchers have recently found a connection with inflammatory rheumatism.

Inflammatory rheumatism causes three types of fatigue

 

In most cases, fatigue is caused by little sleep. Or because you have been too active. But sometimes it has a medical reason. Researchers have recently found a connection with inflammatory rheumatism.

 

Rheumatism is a collective name for more than a hundred chronic diseases of joints, muscles and tendons. In these forms, the immune system considers healthy cells for evil invaders. This ensures that the immune system attacks the body as it were, causing inflammation in the joints. The inflammatory substances released by this form of rheumatism, according to recent research by the University of Utrecht, cause severe fatigue.

 

Fatigue

People with inflammatory rheumatism suffer from a very severe form of fatigue, where extra sleeping or resting does not help. "I sometimes compare it to mudflat walking," explains researcher Dr. Mechiel Korte. "The harder you try to move forward, the deeper you sink."

 

Three types of fatigue

According to the researchers, patients with inflammatory rheumatism suffer from three types of fatigue. The first form is described as "motivation fatigue". This form ensures that everything you do takes effort. Also the nice things that normally provide energy. A second form that many people experience with rheumatism is physical fatigue. Finally, patients suffer from mental fatigue. “Patients often say that they cannot concentrate. That not being clear is also called a brain fog, ”explains researcher Korte.

 

Shortage of signal substances

​​​​​​​The inflammatory substances in the blood of rheumatic patients cause a reduction of signal substances in the brain. "And those altered signals in the brain cause fatigue again," said Korte. “The breakdown of signal substances causes dopamine, serotonin and noradrenaline deficits in the brain. And that has far-reaching consequences. For example, too little dopamine causes you to experience less pleasure. For people with rheumatism this can cause both serious motivation fatigue and physical fatigue. ”