• 1-2 years after treatment, still working full time, how does one overcome extreme fatigue?

    Asked by Marie on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

    1-2 years after treatment, still working full time, how does one overcome extreme fatigue?

    Aside from a healthy diet the doctor recommended tiny, tiny steps resuming exercise. I make good progress for a couple of weeks then crash for two weeks.

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    • RuthAnne's Avatar

      Although sometimes I just have to give in and crawl into bed at 7:00 pm, I try to strike a balance between activity and inactivity during the day. I sit all day for my job and I have found that much sitting can exacerbate my fatigue, so I try to make a conscious effort to just get up and move around every 15-30 minutes when work allows. Thankfully, the people that I work with know that I'm having treatment and are quite sensitive. If I am just too fatigued to deal with a problem, I can comfortably suggest to them that I deal with it the following day. I hope your people are as understanding.

      I can't underemphasize diet. I have a recipe for a smoothie that I got from Prevention magazine. It contains a bunch of "super foods" and it helps keep my energy levels up. Avoiding processed sugars and simple carbs also helps (although during the holidays I am especially not good at this one).

      Fatigue is really a pain in the arse and sometimes you just have to roll with it.

      Best of luck with this.

      almost 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My fatigue comes in spells. Right now I am going home at 430 and napping for an hour most everyday. I don't know what is causing it, maybe just lazy overcast rainy days. Other days I don't get tired. I had my thyroid checked and do take meds for it, the meds are supposed to give me more energy. Take it little by little and realize we are not the same as before treatments. I have a physical job, landscaping, and I have found I simply cannot do what I used to.
      Good luck to you, I hope you perk up!!

      almost 5 years ago
    • max4's Avatar

      Hi I am currently in treatment and a personal trainer
      I like the other answers but from prof. standpoint like what your Dr. Said little bits maybe get a few light hand weights to maintain the muscile you have. And build on that
      Sometimes sitting in a chair and lifting your leg is all you can do the thing is don't do it to long that it wears you out so much that you can't do anything else. 10 min to start then build on that see how you do I do know any exercise is better than no exercise just pace yourself the more physical and demanding your life the more tired you will be. And best of luck

      almost 5 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      3 years for me and still have issues if u are on femara or any of them drugs it will case fatigue some medication also cause it not sleeping well also can cause it I work out to help with it and it helps me sleep i rest when I am tried even if it is just sitting down and relaxing for a few minutes. slowly you learn to adjust but if it is really bad or not you should talk to your dr about it

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Maybe your progress isn't good if you are crashing. Build up your exercise more slowly. If 2 weeks of exercising results in 2 weeks of crashing, you aren't making any progress.

      almost 5 years ago

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