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Re: Treatment of fatigue? [Re: mpc2012] #283170 06/01/19 02:34 AM
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Originally Posted by mpc2012
There are medications that take the fatigue away. I forget the name but they are prescription medications that turn off the fatigue in your brain.


Modafinil/Provigil? I recently started taking this (prescribed by my pulmonologist for excessive daytime sleepiness). It was great the first week then it's effectiveness lessened dramatically, but it's still enough that I can function more effectively at work than before. My new rheumy seemed surprised I was taking it; she didn't tell me to stop but it sounds like I'll be starting a biologic sometime this fall (after recovering from surgery) so perhaps then she'll suggest I cease and see if the biologic helps with the fatigue/sleepiness.

Re: Treatment of fatigue? [Re: Sitilydnops] #283172 06/01/19 06:46 AM
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From what I read seems tnf blocker further lowers levels of serotonin.
Would be interesting to know if people with AS like people with fibromyalgia have lower levels of dopamine in substantia nigra, I recently read documented research that great way, beside drugs which eventually wane off and can cause other problems, to increase dopamine would be walking minimum 3 times a week for several miles. This was in relation to patient with Parkinson disease. But what was even more interesting is they say people with low dopamine level have decreased motivation to make a first step, as the cost benefit ratio is higher. All in relation to neurotransmitters. Seems that the sedentary ways of modern life are killing our 🧠 . I a very active male 39 and beside AS I am looking way younger than most of my peers.

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diagnosed with AS April 2018, starting with cervical pain/stiffness; Aug 2018 enthesitis/bursitis left Achilles
diagnosed with AAU Nov 2017 (7 flares so far)
Eosinophilic Gastritis
Sulfasalazine 3g 08.2018-05.2019 (worked for AAU & peripheral)
Supplements:C/D, omega 3/Probiotic/ Mediterranean NSD/curcumin
swimming/yoga/pilates
Predonisone in case of another AAU flare
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