Fatigue is very common in patients with rheumatic disease. Fatigue may be present even when disease activity is low. For example, in people with rheumatoid arthritis, fatigue is a key reason for more trips to the doctors- both rheumatology and primary care, as well as disability and employment loss . For those with lupus, fatigue is named as the most bothersome symptom. The reasons for fatigue are unknown but likely due to many different factors. Some factors include sleep, mood, physical activity, and medications. It can be frustrating for patients and doctors to treat fatigue because medications typically do not make it better. There is some evidence that mindfulness may improve fatigue levels in patients with a variety of different chronic conditions. With routine practice of mindfulness, we hope you will find more energy through an improved sense of well-being.

Fatigue Meditation #1

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Share Your Feedback

Thank you for your interest in the Johns Hopkins Division of Rheumatology’s Mindfulness Program for People Living with Rheumatic Disease. We welcome feedback regarding our exercises. Your response to this questionnaire will remain anonymous and no personal identifiers will be recorded. Completion of this questionnaire is purely voluntary and by taking this survey, your consent to this research study is assumed. Please complete this survey if you are at least 18 years of age and have a rheumatic disease. You may complete this survey for each meditation you have practiced. The information gathered from your responses will help to improve this resource and gain information for research purposes.

Research Study Name: Mindfulness for People Living with Rheumatic Diseases
Study ID: IRB00289772
Principle Investigator: Clifton O. Bingham III, MD
For more information, contact Michelle Jones: 410-550-9674 or mrkjones@jhmi.edu