• Fatigue

    Asked by Roses1018 on Wednesday, March 27, 2013


    So tired all the time finished radiation one month ago, last chemo in December. Will my energy ever come back?

    14 Answers from the Community

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    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      One of the most common side effects of radiation is fatigue. Your body has to repair itself which it will do over time. It may take a while but you should get your energy back.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      It will take time but do your best to get moving with lite exercise. Just walking a little more everyday. It will help your body heal and will help you increase endurance. Take it easy but try to move everyday. A little more each time.

      over 3 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I didnt have rads but had chemo which ended in August 2012. I still have not regained all my energy. Patience is key. It will come back, little by little.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      yes, it will come back...I've heard that for every month you were in treatment it takes that long to get back to where you were before.

      over 3 years ago
    • Vjp2012's Avatar

      I find that drinking fresh squeezed green juice (kale, cucumber, celery, green apple, parsley & ginger) helps me.

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I was told that it takes a full six months for the chemo effects to get out of your system. It was a few months after radiation before I got through the day without that nap. It is gradual but all of a sudden, you will wake up one morning and feel like yourself again. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • Molly72's Avatar

      I have fatigue & loss of energy as well, but it is not due to chemo or radiation. I never had those treatments, just surgery.
      It has been over a year for me, and the doc has no idea what the problem is as it does not show up on any tests.
      Sometimes I think that medicine is a game of chance!

      over 3 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar

      I finished radiation on 12-12-12 (an easy-to-remember date) and I was exhausted. By the end of January, I was feeling a lot better. At this point, I don't have as much energy as I did a year ago, but I'm doing pretty well. I'd say I'm 90% recovered.

      Just relax into the fact that you need naps and will have limited productivity for a while and soon you will notice that things are improving. It takes a lot of energy to heal your body, and your body is doing it's job by not letting you "fritter away" too much energy on things not essential to your healing and survival.

      over 3 years ago
    • kclark's Avatar

      I am less that 1 year from my last chemo and still need naps but not as many as time is going on. I work full time and would love the famous nap after work but want to sleep at night so I work through that tired thing to get a good night sleep. I take Tomoxafen now and deal with joint pain a lot, the mornings are the worse. You have to keep moving, little by little. God has given us time, use it to heal in a healthy manner. You have been through a very traumatic time and so has your body, you deserve to heal.

      over 3 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      It will, just be patient. It takes more time than you think, or hope for; if someone had told me it would take awhile, perhaps I would have been more patient :)

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I'm with CAS1 on this one. EXERCISE! I know it will be tough at first--I started back exercising at the gym Mar 1 after finishing chemo the end of January. Now the endorphins are kicking in, and, I look forward not to GOIING to the gym, but getting out of the shower after workouts, 4 or 5 hours a week. An endorphin high is great because YOU OWN IT. YOU were the one lifting those weights, walking the treadmill or doing the elliptical; NOBODY can take it from you! That feeling of POWER is intoxicating!!!!!!!!! Good luck & have a good sweat! :-)

      over 3 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      I exercised whenever I could during chemo and radiation. Not as much as would have liked (I work part time, too) and was generally active. Only occasionally have I been fatigued enough to require a nap. Everyone is different. I could never tell you definitely that exercise reduces fatigue - but I THINK it did in my case. .

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      Yes, it will. You are only a month out from finishing radiation. This fatique lasted awhile for me as well. I find that getting to bed earlier (was always a night owl) helped a lot. I finished rads in November and Feb was the month I felt more back to myself. Nows the time to take care of yourself: eat really well - organic whole real foods nothing processed, lots of greens, sleep when you need it, and make sure you exercise even if just a short walk every day.. build up. It will come!

      over 3 years ago
    • DaveWaz's Avatar


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      Best of luck!

      about 3 years ago

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