• Have you had fatigue problems after or during cancer treatments? Chemo and Radiation can both give us problems.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

    Have you had fatigue problems after or during cancer treatments? Chemo and Radiation can both give us problems.

    Everyone seems to realize that fatigue is a part of cancer treatment, but most of us assume that fatigue will go away soon after treatment. We hope and expect that we’ll get back to “normal” and that life will be just like it was before. Our Blog Post has information about this common side effect with tips to help control it. Click Here to Read the Article >>http://bit.ly/2UQTAIH

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    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      To solve fatigue from running 18 chemotherapy drugs through my marrow, I had a stem cell transplant. OK, there was a cancer or three involved too. Brand new marrow! Except that it had to be immediately hammered with immune suppression drugs so my donor's immune system would not kill me. Great! It's the new cancer. It seems that marrow suppression leads to fatigue.

      So does the 1.5 years of Extracorporeal Photopheresis that I underwent to control the Graft-versus-Host-Disease from the transplant. So does the type II diabetes that I developed from long-term prednisone. So does the current drug I am on, which slows red blood cell production. And so do the various prescriptions that I take to counteract all of the other junk floating around in my system.

      As a result of this, my diet is very similar to a college student's: Coffee and energy drinks. However, I have been strictly ordered not to partake of any week old pizza that I forgot was in the oven! We have a big, comfy couch (remember that PBS show?) and the world is fine when I am supine.

      What was the question again???

      5 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I got tired just reading that Po18guy!

      5 months ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Radiation was very rough. I had lots of fatigue. And I would get to a point in my day where I felt like I hit a wall and needed to find a bed. I was taking 3-4 short maps and going to bed at 8 pm. It took about a month after treatments were done that I wasn't hitting walls.

      5 months ago
    • Gabba's Avatar
      Gabba

      I had my radiation every morning at 7:00 before I went to work as a pediatric nurse practitioner...by radiation session 20 of 34 I would get home, sit in the comfy living room chair, and literally be too tired to climb the stairs to the bedroom...slept in that chair for a week. And it wasn't even a recliner! I did have to take the last week off from work due to severe burns and made it upstairs so that allowed me to catch up on some sleep In a real bed. It took several weeks for the overwhelming fatigue to resolve.

      5 months ago
    • TerriL's Avatar
      TerriL

      I have taken more naps in the last year of my life than all the other years put together! As I am still on Xeloda, I still get fatigued easier than normal. I wonder if it will ever go away...

      5 months ago
    • HOBO's Avatar
      HOBO

      My fatigue has never relented. I now have tremors, neuropathy and am numb up to my waist. I used a cane ,but after multiple falls, I now use a walker. Some days I feel like I can't hold my torso upright. I have seen the neurologist, primary and oncologist. They all just shrug. No tests done, just a history. At this rate, I will be bedridden by July. May 1 is my sixth anniversary of my surgery. My quality of life is gone.

      5 months ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      I had radiation. After a few weeks into it I would take a short nap after dinner. Fortunately, the fatigue subsided after treatment.

      5 months ago

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