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.

    • shayjay
    • Experience with Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    1 day ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    body pain

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    • LoriLynne
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in ...
    8 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    General tiredness, most prominent on days 3-5 post treatment.

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    • LoriLynne
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in ...
    8 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Approximately 1.5 days of fatigue in days 3-4 following treatment.

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    • suelynn
    • Experience with Transitional Cell (Uro...
    15 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Very tired. Slept a lot. Had a permanent hearing loss caused by cisplatin.

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  1. 16 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    During A/C chemo i was extremely tired and would need a nap every afternoon.

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    • agib
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung Cancer
    18 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    fatigue I still have. taste change, chemo brain nerve damage in my toes

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  2. 21 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I am still working full time but as time goes on I am more and more tired. Some days I get home from work and can hardly make it to...

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    • ConnieH75
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in ...
    about 1 month ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Extreme Fatigue

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    • valeriet
    • Experience with Oral Cavity and Oroph...
    about 1 month ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    pain, xerostomia, neck fibrosis, eating/swallowing problems

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  3. about 1 month ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    A consultation with my family doctor about my fatigue made her question if my Vitamin D levels were low. After testing for that we f...

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    • arenee03
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    I do have a cough, pain, chemo brain, nausea

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  4. 3 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    After 12 weeks of chemo, I went out on disability after being unable to get to work enough hours in the week to constitute full time...

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