• How do you deal with loss of motivation and no stamina along, no appetite, and weight loss?

    Asked by bigjan on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    How do you deal with loss of motivation and no stamina along, no appetite, and weight loss?

    Seems I am having all of these now.

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • Bellamore's Avatar

      I sleep. And I pray that the Lord gives me resorative powers while I do that. Enough power to get up at some point and eat and take a short walk around the house. Keep in mind Spring is coming.

      over 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear bigjan,

      Hi. My name is Aliza and I'm a Breast Cancer patient and the site's unofficial resident Medical Librarian. I provide answers (usually non medical [Librarians have a Code of Ethics re answering Medical questions-not such a great idea; it also tends to be a bit illegal as it's practicing medicine sans license], but I offer referrals to docs, hospitals, institutions, agencies, books, media, etc. and research when required or requested. I'm also permitted to speak from my own experience and those from friends and family.

      You ask an excellent and multi-faceted question which could plague many people on this site. But since I see you've had 0 experiences if I understand you correctly, I'm going to first make a referral which I think will be extremely helpful to you and that is to contact CancerCare. It is absolutely terrifying to get any kind of diagnosis of any kind of cancer. I received mine as I was in the midst of planning my Wedding-literally. My fiancé and I were running to caterers, my dress was bought. It's strapless, of course (I've since had a mastectomy) and Macy's is graciously holding it for us until I'm reconstructed and lose about 30 lbs. Back to you, it's absolutely mind boggling to receive this diagnosis and be able to put one foot in front of the other, but you must-for your sake and the sake of your family and your friends, and yourself, first of all, because you matter the most!

      The Social Workers at CancerCare are unlike any that you may have encountered elsewhere. They deal only with the highly specialized needs of Cancer patients and their caregivers. You can make an appointment to speak with them in person or by telephone. They are so warm and supportive. Speaking with them takes some of the burden off your shoulders. It's not like going for "regular therapy" I highly recommend that you give them a call!

      The other thing is that a close friend of mine has a sister (in Toronto) who had Thyroid Cancer. If it's found early, it's generally highly treatable. I recommend that you find a good hospital/treating institution which you can do by asking your Primary Care Physician or any other of your physicians whom you like and respect. If you are still having difficulty, feel free to contact me, and I will be happy to help you locate a good hospital to help you treat this. Do not drag your feet or wait on this while you worry. Of the many different kinds of cancer to have which if are detected early, thyroid cancer is one of the most desirable (however strange that may sound). I'm not giving you medical advice, just relaying the opinion of my friend regarding his sister (he is a Veterinarian, for what it's worth). Btw, it's not medical advice really, just information, interference with thyroid function can make you tired and not feel like yourself, so the sooner you deal with this, the better you will be!

      Also, you might find some valuable resources by clicking on the purple box on the right side of the page.

      If there is anything else that I can do for you-research-wise or otherwise, please don't hesitate to let me know. I'm happy to do so. You can contact me here or email me offsite as well.

      Best wishes for your recovery.

      Warm wishes,


      over 4 years ago
    • Brielle's Avatar

      Having been at this point in the past, I understand how you feel. Here are some things that helped me get through that difficulty. Take it one day at a time. Keep telling yourself that this too shall pass. Set a daily goal that is very simple to accomplish. Keep in touch with people who are positive. Try different things to eat to nourish your body (Boost, Popsicles and chicken noodle soup worked for me). Plan events to look forward to in the future. Counting my blessings each day helped when negative thoughts arose. Prayer continues to give me strength.Best wishes for better days ahead.

      over 4 years ago
    • spunky's Avatar

      I have had many episodes of this. I have had leukemia for 9 years and now have had thyroid cancer. It is very frustrating and depressing. But I have learned to rest. Lying on the couch, watching tv just for the noise. I make myself sip Gatorade, so I don't get dehydrated. I make myself try to eat chicken noodle soup. And, yes, just the thought of putting something in my mouth makes me rebel like a toddler. But I do it anyway. The weight always came back when I got over these episodes. And how can I forget prayer. I would forget to pray, but I have a great group of friends and family who pray for me. But if this continues you need to talk to your doctor. I was lucky and most of of my episodes ran about a week. I was prepared to go to doctor if they continued.

      over 4 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      It sounds like you may need to have your thyroid replacement dose checked, all of those symptoms make me go in for a check on my levels. I have a condition that has left me with a headache for the last two+ years - I go day by day, some days it is hard to get out of bed but if I can even go sit outside I feel better. I try to find books and movies that make me laugh and I find that keeping in contact with others really helps (such as this web site). Finding ways to get out of your own head helps, its very easy to get into the funk. Please take care, Tracy

      over 4 years ago
    • bigjan's Avatar

      Thanks everyone for your concern and support. I did go have my levels checked and my prescription was changed. So I hope that helps.

      over 4 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      I have found over the almost 40 years of living on Thyroid replacement that I have certain symptoms that I now recognize as clues to an imbalance. I have been known to have arguments with doctors over the need to have the testing done because I knew things were not right and I was not going to wait for the calendar that they had in mind. You will learn your own clues in time. I tried to put some of mine in my profile as a hint of things to look for, I hope I can help! Tracy

      over 4 years ago

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