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.

    • cheryncp
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung ...
    11 days ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    The targeted therapy drug that I am taking lowers my heart rate making me feel very sluggish.

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    • Hbee68
    • Experience with Metaplastic Carcinoma (...
    about 1 month ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Fatigue, nausea, hair loss. Landed in the hospital several times with infections.

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

    Side Effects

    anemia, hair loss, nail abnormality, weakness.

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    • nani967
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 month ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Fatigue was severe and the pain in my left ischium/pelvic area was bad enough I had to live on hydrocodone for close to a year.

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  1. 2 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Initially very tired from Ibrance 125mg dosage I'm currently on my 12th cycle and reduced dosage to 75mg Ibrance with 2.5 mg Letrozo...

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    • Meghan32
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breas...
    3 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Neulasta injection makes me very tired

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    • Bunzie
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    3 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Fatigue , hair loss , appetite, on Nulesta terrible feeling bones hurt

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    • Pmoos
    • Experience with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lym...
    4 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    The fatigue was like wading thru concrete and I am a runner. Didn't expect it. I also had nausea, dizziness and asthma symptoms.

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    • Paulambm
    • Experience with Carcinoma, Endometria...
    4 months ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    Many side effects:mouth sores, weight gain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, bladder infection, depression, total hair loss, neuropat...

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  2. 5 months 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...
    6 months 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
    7 months 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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