• Extreme fatique

    Asked by lo15 on Saturday, July 14, 2018

    Extreme fatique

    All of a sudden my hubs ( stage 4 cc) is completely exhausted. Its like a curtain dropped and he has gone from active and no symtoms to someone who can barely function hes so tired. On round 10 of chemo , is this to be expected? Does it get better?

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    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Yes and it's cumulative....The Steroids and the chemo can do that. Let him just rest.

      over 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      It does get better. When I was getting traditional chemo, I would be extremely exhausted the first week of treatment. It gradually got better in week two and three and then it was time to do it again.

      It seems completely counter-intuitive, but if your husband can make himself do a bit of exercise (just walk a little further than he thinks he can), it will help. Also, please make sure he is drinking a lot of water.

      If the change is significant, I would call his oncologist and discuss.

      over 1 year ago
    • bigjan1's Avatar
      bigjan1

      My treatments started making be droopy in the afternoons. I had to leave work early and go home to take a nap. I just couldn't function. But after that nap I felt much better in a couple of hours.

      over 1 year ago
    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      The effects of chemo are cumulative so after that many rounds of chemo, he is likely to be more fatigued.

      I agree with LiveWithCancer - walking and getting up and about really do help.

      Here's study to help you understand the power of exercise.
      https://www.nccn.org/patients/resources/life_with_cancer/exercise.aspx

      over 1 year ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      The only way to fight the cumulative fatigue of continued treatment, be it chemotherapy or radiation, is through diet and exercise.

      You cant change the fact that the drugs are a poison or that reserves of vitamins and minerals are being leached.

      What you can do is to try to replace them as well as possible. I urge you to buy a juicer and to give your hubs a morning glass of 3 ribs of clean celery, a cucumber and a small bunch of parsley or mint. It is a concoction he will be able to hold down. As it works, be brave and add some fresh sprouts/microgreens.

      Get him out of the house for a drive into fresh(er) country air. Let him rest. Let him breathe. After a while see if he can walk a few steps. Then try more.

      It is very tough going. Try to get more greens down his gullet. Allow him more rest between activities. He is lucky to have you there to comfort him.

      Best wishes for renewed good health in your family.

      over 1 year ago
    • cavaliers' Avatar
      cavaliers

      Yes, for most of us this is normal. And it does get better. The chemo part is the hard part, if he's feeling exhausted just tell hom it's normal and let him rest. Even though it's hard to imagine right now, he will eventually get through this and feel good again!

      over 1 year ago
    • myb's Avatar
      myb

      It used to take me longer to snap back after each chemo. I learned I needed to plan what I could do because would be dragging after doing some things. I was no longer the energizer bunny like before chemo. I felt more like the tortoise. It did get somewhat better after the chemo left my body months later, but I still fight limits on what I can do in a day.

      over 1 year ago
    • MizzVisual's Avatar
      MizzVisual

      I am a stage 4 Colon Cancer survivor. I can relate to this question and it does bring back memories. I had a very aggressive treatment which left me in the emergency room after every treatment. There were times when I could not roll over without assistance, I could not eat and retain anything because of retching, I could not drink because I could barely swallow. Fatigue , yes ma’am, extremely tired. Work!! I had to retire from the US Government with 26 Yrs. of service. I was strapped to my bed fighting for my life. Try to remember that each person’s journey is just that : Their journey....I pray that the Lord will give your Hubs the strength he will need moment by moment to survive this journey of his life...Much Love and Strength

      MizzVisual

      over 1 year ago

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