• My husband diagnosed recently; has not yet started radiation. He is so very tired; how can I help that fatigue?

    Asked by caregiver on Friday, March 30, 2012

    My husband diagnosed recently; has not yet started radiation. He is so very tired; how can I help that fatigue?

    Naps/sleeps every hour.

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I didnt sleep or nap that much, but every afternoon at 2 or so, I headed home from work and got me a nap. If he hasn't started treatment maybe you should tell the dr. and see if there is something they can do to help with that. Good luck in the treatments!

      over 4 years ago
    • danellsar's Avatar

      Before my husband started treatment, he was exhausted. He's still exhausted from treatment. Pain makes you tired.

      Before his illness, my husband used to sleep around 7-8 hours a night with naps on occasion. Now, I'd say he's probably sleeping 12-14 hours a day, if not more.

      over 4 years ago
    • mamajltc's Avatar

      Hi..my husband has been in treatment for over 2 years. We play every day by ear. One thing I do do is make sure he has a lot of healthy and easy to eat food, that will give him some energy..peanut butter (and pb crackers, that are always by his side), cheese sticks, yogurt, even ice cream. With the beautiful weather, we take short walks...even down the street. Last year we went to the beach and just sat at the water. It brought the most wonderful feeling and boost of energy as well...we did the same at parks, and other beautiful places. Some days he has more energy than others...so that is why it is day to day. And on a 'medical note' his Dr. prescribed him Ritalin...and it has worked wonders.
      GOOD LUCK!!!!
      Sharon :)

      over 4 years ago
    • babylady317's Avatar

      Has your husband had chemo ? That made me tired but then I would bounce back until the next round would knock me down again. You might have a blood test, could be his numbers are down. Also it could be depression and fearover the diagnosis.I would try to get out once a day or try to accomplish some small task daily just to keep going. I tried to listen to my body yet not give in. Good luck !

      over 4 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      I agree about the blood test. If his red blood counts are low, he may be anemic and that definitely adds to the fatigue. I found that when I felt tired, I would simply veg out on the couch or take a nap. No excuses, no reasons needed. Whatever the cause, fatigue is your body's way of telling you that you need to rest. Even if napping doesn't make you feel less tired (and it may not), the rest does let your body heal. Rather than trying to fight the fatigue (which will only make you feel more tired), just give in and let your body rest.

      over 4 years ago
    • TomLand's Avatar

      My experience is that excessive tiredness is tied closely to medications, especially pain meds. I am stage 4 pancreatic cancer so I have experienced this pretty much since diagnosis. If pain meds, especially narcotics, are involved that may be the source.

      Not much you can do about it - the key is controlling the pain.

      over 4 years ago

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