• No energy

    Asked by Liebling on Friday, June 7, 2013

    No energy

    I was diagnosed in April with stage 2 non small cell cancer. After surgery now going through Chemo and have no energy. I am also depressed and blame myself for smoking, even though I quit years ago. This is all so new to me, I have always been very active and now cannot seem to get going.

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Both of these are common side effects/reactions to treatment and diagnosis. Speak to your oncologist about getting a pharma consult with a doctor who specializes in treating cancer patients, you may also want to as for a referral to a therapist who is trained to work work with cancer patients. I was very luck, the hospital I am treated at has a free 12 week program, I found talking to my therapist very helpful in dealing with day to day issues, anger and just not being able to get anything done.

      Best of luck.

      over 7 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      What you are feeling is completely normal. Surgery and chemo both sap your energy levels significantly and take a while to recover from. The depression is also normal and is caused by the chemo. Chemo effect the serotonin levels in the brain and this causes the depression. It is chemical and not your fault. The good news is that it is easily treatable with meds. Most cancer Drs are not well trained to recognize and treat the depression so you may have to seek out a different Dr for this. Also please note that anti-depressants often take a couple of weeks to work so please be patient. Good Luck

      over 7 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      I agree with both the answers given above...please try to let go of the guilt you feel...bravo to you for quitting when you did...try to concentrate on the present and doing whatever you need to do to kick cancer's "butt" (get it, butt!)...we are here for you...please keep in touch...good luck and God bless!

      over 7 years ago
    • Liebling's Avatar

      Thank you all for your encouraging words.......thank you

      over 7 years ago
    • jaybea's Avatar

      I know how what you mean. I was diagnosed in Sept 2011 and have had numerous chemo and radiation treatments. Not sure which one makes me more tired. I have good days and some not so good. But keep your spirits up, stay positive, surround yourself with positive people and humor. This is a good way to start.

      Best wishes! Let me know if you wanna talk

      over 7 years ago
    • ladyhawk's Avatar

      the past is the past, let it go,,, lets start new now,, when you go to chemo drink 3 water bottles during it, so you cells open up with all that poison coming in and your dehydrated 100%,, you'll feel better i know!!! :)

      over 7 years ago
    • Journey's Avatar

      I went through lobectomy surgery and chemo in 2010. The lack of energy was a big thing for me. After chemo I was still very drained out and had to take iron pills (low iron levels). That has helped. I also try to walk a little every day and that also helps with depression and energy. Good luck to you.

      over 7 years ago
    • Salrosebud's Avatar

      Yes how I remember. I went through the surgery lost my left breast, did 4 treatments of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation. This is the scariest thing I have every been through. Remember your body is going through so much change..Yes you must keep moving. Start simple do stretches and if you are used to walk try 10 minutes at a time if you have to. It takes one step at a time. You can do it .

      over 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      You need to place that blame on why Lung cancer is the 8th funded cancer but is the leading cancer killer in the World. Once your better which will be soon you need to get busy and active demanding adequate cancer funding for Lung Cancer. The tobacco companies got sued and our States took those billions and fixed pot holes.. Because survivors feel guilt, because the media has made people out as bad people who smoking, they don't demand funds for Lung Cancer.

      85% of people Dx with LC are former or never smokers like me.

      So we need YOU and every single survivor to get well and get busy. O.K. ? So start that exercise program every single day, be very very good to yourself and join an organization and help us all to get a cure and live.

      over 7 years ago

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