• Can others share their experience with post chemo fatigue and problems sleeping? I am headed back to work tomorrow.

    Asked by ccpt1958 on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

    Can others share their experience with post chemo fatigue and problems sleeping? I am headed back to work tomorrow.

    I'm doing a cognitive behavioral program for insomnia and it's helping. I can't take most sleep aids, as they simply don't work for me, and trazadone gives me a very stuffy nose. I do take melatonin.

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      ccpt, post chemo fatigue is a common issue that I have suffered. I find that I just have to take it easy when I get tired and not try and do too much. Since I have a desk job (engineer) for the most part at work it is not a problem for me, but it does make things around home harder so I have to plan extra time to get things done.

      I have also had insomnia where some noghts I don't sleep at all and then the next night wghen i sleep it is hard to get up. My Oncologist has recommended Benadryl which helps some. I also find that if I try and keep a regular sleep schedule it helps but I still have problems sometimes. Good Luck and let us know if you find any thing that works for you.

      over 5 years ago
    • blondie's Avatar

      Have a meeting with your supervisor. Maybe you can work part-time from home. Give your supervisor a list of medication and side effects. Have your doctor's number available in case you have a reaction or sudden weakness.

      over 5 years ago
    • ccpt1958's Avatar

      I do work part-time, but I work long hours when I work. Working from home is not an option. I'm a health care provider and work long clinic shifts and 12 hour hospital calls, taking care of patients. I am off night call for six months, but after six months I will need to return to my variable schedule.

      over 5 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I am 3.5 months out of chemo and still fighting neuropathy and sleep issues. I constantly struggle with doing too much and then suffering for it afterwards with muscle aches. I tried 300 mg of neurontin about 1 month after chemo at bedtime, but it had me very tired during the day so I stopped. At my 3 month checkup, my oncologist suggested trying 100mg of Neurontin every other day to see if that helped with inability to get to sleep due to neuropathy issues. It isn't really doing the trick as still struggle to get to sleep but at least not making me tired during the day. I did much more walking during chemo but think the temps helped with that, as find it downright discouraging to get myself outside in the cold temps we are having with the numbness being aggravated by it.

      over 5 years ago
    • carolchristao's Avatar

      I am on my 3rd session of Docetaxel. I never felt as fatigated as I am now. I've always had sleep problems and they got worse with all that. I am taking Imovane (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zopiclone) and Frontal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alprazolam) - brazilian trade names. I take the meds every day at 10pm and it takes a while for me too sleep even with them.

      over 5 years ago

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