Experiences with Fatigue

Fatigue is a side effect of cancer treatments. Fatigue is commonly the worst after chemotherapy or radiation therapy treatment. Fatigue from cancer treatment is more than just feeling “tired”; these treatments can exhaust you, no matter how much rest you get. After treatment is over, patients recover from the extreme fatigue they experienced, but it will be difficult to get back to your normal routine. There are other factors that cause fatigue in cancer patients such as low red blood cell count, offset hormone levels, heart trouble, infection, pain, stress, depression, dehydration, weight loss, certain medicines that cause drowsiness, trouble sleeping, or other medical conditions that affect the body.

Fatigue comes from different causes and in different patterns for each patient. If you are wondering,“How can I cope with my fatigue?”, one of the best things to do is to work to identify what is causing your personal fatigue. A lot of WhatNexters suggests keeping a journal that catalogs your fatigue, especially during treatment. If you write down how you feel on a daily basis, then you may be able to prepare for the days that you will feel the most tired. There are other practical things you can do to cope with fatigue, like allowing time for rest in your daily schedule, finding a way to incorporate exercise into your routine, maintaining a healthy diet (more fruits and vegetables), staying hydrated, limiting tiring activities, accepting help from friends and family, and letting your doctor know if you are having trouble sleeping. If you are having trouble with fatigue, see how other patients have handled fatigue and changed some of their habits. Ask questions, share stories, and get firsthand insights below.

  1. 19 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Once the steroids wear off, the fatigue sets in more noticeably. .

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    • jackiwalkr
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Bre...
    about 1 month ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    So exhausted Doc has me on extras Bs. Seems to help a little.

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    • TheresaL
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Just normal fatigue due to chemo drugs, usually lasting just a few days during treatment cycle.

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    • globug6691
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) ...
    2 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    extremely tired for a week after chemo.

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    • Sloan
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I want to go back to work, but know right now I would'nt be able to work 8 hours. I just finished the 4th radiation to the brain. T...

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    • rjericks
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    4 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    exhaustion

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    • Jae
    • Experience with Sarcoma - Adult Soft Tissu...
    4 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    So tired all the time, just one of many side effects

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  2. 5 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Constant.

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    • Wyntersun
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    6 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Energy level hasn't been the same since my first radiation treatment.

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    • Ajhugh01
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian...
    6 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Extremely tired

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    • calfhugger
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometr...
    6 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Pelvic Lymphedema, some leg swelling. Still have pain, mostly where descending colon is. Digestion is not normal. And Fatigue!

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    • Tammy72
    • Experience with Carcinoid Tumor, Color...
    7 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I stay very tired which don't help my cognitive ability.

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