• I have no energy and do not feel like running, walking, or even crawling fast at this point.

    Asked by HardyGirl on Saturday, October 19, 2019

    I have no energy and do not feel like running, walking, or even crawling fast at this point.

    Everything I read says that I should be exercising every day. How in the world do you exercise when you have no energy to get out of a chair? I'm short of breath doing anything strenuous. Is this normal?

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    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      Yes. Sadly it can be normal. You can get that way from the cancer, or from the treatment, or even from your body going after the cancer.

      I was uncharacteristically weak a few weeks ago after doing several rounds of chemo. I couldn't even do a single task without feeling so exhausted I had to lie down. I ended up in urgent care. My test results all came back normal and they told me I was dehydrated and that I had paraneoplastic syndrome. That is a syndrome wherein your body has tumor(s) in it and so it has lots of T cells going out and attacking them. The T cells also can damage your own tissues and make you very very very tired. It's a good thing sometimes because it is hurting your cancer.

      So I don't know which it is for you, but feeling very very tired is not abnormal. It is something you should be telling your care team about though because they may be able to help you out. You may just need hydration to get back up on your feet and feel better. Are you enrolled in a palliative care program yet to keep you going during treatment? They help a lot with keeping us up, moving and out of the hospital.

      27 days ago
    • andreacha's Avatar
      andreacha

      I'm never ready to dance anymore. However, when I start to feel like you my Hemoglobin is low. I am starting to average one shot (Aranesp) each month along with B-12. My shot lasts usually 2 weeks, sometimes 3. And my dosage has been increased as well. I trip over myself sometimes!! It's scary.

      26 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      When I was in hospital post-transplant, they sent a physical therapist. AYKM? It took all my energy to breathe! Rather, I focused on surviving before thriving. There is nothing wrong with having zero energy - you are fighting for your life. What, are you supposed to be the Energizer Bunny or something? It takes time to recover. Ask doctor and nurse about your situation and if your blood counts are OK. It is good to push yourself, but you know your body best. Now is no time to bust a sweat while trying to work out.

      Take time. Recover. Be at peace. Seek soothing things which will help you spiritually. You can do this! Just don't over-do this, right?

      26 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I remember my husband or son would take me for a walk so I could get a little exercise. And sometimes, it would just be one house before I would turn around and walk home with them. Baby steps.

      26 days ago
    • Lundmusik's Avatar
      Lundmusik

      Best wishes in recovering your energy

      26 days ago

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