• I haven't had any treatment yet, just waiting for surgery, but I am tired all the time. Is this stress?

    Asked by Cheryl2 on Sunday, August 5, 2012

    I haven't had any treatment yet, just waiting for surgery, but I am tired all the time. Is this stress?

    I'm afraid something else is going on.

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • Ivy's Avatar

      Hello Cheryl2,
      I was in the same situation for 6 weeks between diagnosis and surgery, and the wait is killer stress. I will always wonder if the stage might have been lower if the surgery had been faster, but there is no way to answer that. My advice is to stay busy, entertain yourself with family and friends, and keep your mind as occupied as you can. If the stress levels continue or get worse, ask your doctor for a mild medication to help you deal with anxiety and stress. There is no stigma to admitting that cancer diagnosis, treatment, and all the unknowns are enough to cause high levels of anxiety in people who have never had such problems. Good luck, and I hope all turns out well for you.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Cheryl2's Avatar

      Thanks, Ivy, No problem keeping occupied. We homeschool, so I am trying to get DS to a good pausing point by my surgery date. I'm thinking we won't get much done for at least a week after. He only has 30 lessons to go to finish 6th grade.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Dexter65's Avatar

      Hi Cheryl2, I feel exactly the same. I went to lay down at 7pm last night and did not get up till 7am (not like me at all) and before I went to lay down I said to my husband "I'm so tired, what if there is something else wrong or there is more somewhere else?" I am trying to take things one step at a time, but find the waiting between each step to be difficult. We seem to be on the same journey at the same time. You should check out the website for the National Cancer Institute it's : https://pubs.cancer.gov/ncipl/home They are several publications that you can read or have copies sent to you free, even the shipping is free. I ordered a few and received them in less that a week.

      almost 9 years ago
    • grnygole's Avatar

      I think some of the tiredness comes from the cancer itself - it sends out various chemicals to help it grow and I think these various chemicals act on both body and mind. I was tired and depressed and listless between diagnosis and surgery, but once I had the hysterectomy and recovered from the surgery, a lot of the mental and physical effects went away. I am almost four months post-op and I feel better than I have in years, good energy and stamina and a renewed zest for life. Of course, I was fortunate enough to be Stage 1A, and the surgeon believes all the cancer was removed, so I did not have to have radiation or chemo. Some of how you will feel after surgery will probably depend on what stage your cancer is, and be warned that hysterectomy itself causes a great deal of tiredness. A good source of information that helped me a lot through recovery is the website Hystersisters, where you can share your experience with other women having hysterectomies at the same time. Also be aware that even if your have a really good prognosis, it takes awhile to get over the shock and fear of a cancer diagnosis. Get into a support group if you can, and read books and gather information. There's lots of help and advice available and many uplifting and hopeful stories, as treatments improve and more and more people survive. Good luck to you. I hope my experience encourages you to believe you too will emerge from it successfully.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Cheryl2's Avatar

      I think part of my problem is I go to bed about 9pm, then I wake up about 3 and lay there flipping and flopping and worrying. Then, when it's time to get up, I go to sleep. The radio alarm comes on and I don't want to get up and face the day.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      I think some of your fatigue is stress yet most of it is probably the cancer itself. I had a total hysterectomy in December and felt so
      much better within a week or so.

      almost 9 years ago

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