• Radiation Treatment

    Asked by JoanC on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    Radiation Treatment

    I started my second week of radiation, I go every day for the next 6 weeks. Please tell me how can I deal with the tiredness and fatigue and lets not forget the bone pain.

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      You just have to plan around it. I had 7 weeks (5 days per week). I knew that I was going to need a nap during the day -- even a short one was most helpful -- so I made time for it. I finally got the good sense to know my limitations so that I did not commit myself to any activities that would drain me. The fatigue seemed to be cumulative so that I was less active toward the end. However, about 2 months after the final treatment, I noticed my energy coming back and I did not have the need for the naps. Actually, this is a case where your body will let you know what you can do and when you need to rest! I continue to have bone pain with the Arimidex that I am taking -- however it is early AM and will subside when I get up and move around. I wish you the best!!

      over 5 years ago
    • jojosmom's Avatar

      I did 7 weeks of daily radiation. The first 3 weeks were easy. Watch for sunburn. I got really sunburnt and peeled, then got a staph infection inside my breast. Told the dr several times and she recommended creams to use, then ended up in ER with high fever and then surgery 1 day later to clean out and drain the infection. 2 weeks ago today I had surgery and still have 3 drains in and still is draining. Be careful and tell them, its your body and you know your body the best. I never really had a support person to show my burn to or to talk to. Good Luck.

      over 5 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      The fatique usually comes closer to the end, you may have residual effects from chemo? I always made sure I got lots of sleep even if needing a nap. But, it is important to exercise and move around a lot too. I took a Zumba class and went at least 3 days. It helped so much with fatique and also made me sleep really well. I had a tough time with chemo and it left me exhausted and with lots of bone pain. but my sleep patterns were all messed up. I also got Reiki treatments and now do accupunture which has helped tremendously.

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Managing our energy during treatment is really hard, and it takes awhile to find the right balance. I was exhausted by the time I finished radiation two years ago. FYI it took about 6 weeks to get back into my "new energy mode". I chose to have radiation first thing in the morning as I live about a mile from where I am treated. I got to the center at about 9 and was usually home by 10:30 (in fact most days, I took the bus down and got a free transfer going home on the subway). The treatment itself is short, most of the time is spent waiting to be called, taking your top off, positioning, and get dressed again. The early you go, the less likely you are to wait to be called, so you spend less time at the center and are less stressed. I was usually changing within 20 min of arrival.

      Plan for naps, don't try to do it all. Keep hydrated, eat small good meals. Take stuff to help you relax while waiting. (I got an iPod and mediated). One of the hardest things for me to do was cut back on other activity. I usually am the "what the heck lets do some more" type, and I became, the "better be safe then sorry time". Keep active, low key walks, stretching, etc I got permission to, and continued taking my weekly Pilates class, but it was mostly about balance and stretch, not about core building and muscle strength, My instructor was fab, she made sure I didn't over do it.

      over 5 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I don't know about bone pain but some moderate daily exercise (walking) may help with the fatigue (and stress) from radiation. It really will.

      over 5 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar

      Allowing myself to be tired (instead of fighting the fatigue all the time) helped me. I got extra sleep at night and some small naps on some days. Some gentle exercise seemed to help. I was taking a pretty tough exercise class 3 days a week, and I had to stop that after the first few weeks of radiation, because if I did a hard workout, I was exhausted for the rest of the day.

      Trust your body. Listen to your body. For the next 6 weeks (and a while after that) your body will be working very hard on healing and won't have much energy left for other things. Just pare your activities down to the most essential and let other things go for now.

      Take it easy on yourself as much as you can. (This is not the year to plant a big garden!) Be gentle with yourself. Pretty soon you will be finished and energy will gradually return.

      over 5 years ago
    • bella's Avatar

      bella I finished treatment 6 weeks now and i am starting to have more energy now .was very fatigued durning all treatments but it does get better as time goes by.

      over 5 years ago
    • bkracine's Avatar

      Hi, i had 5 weeks everyday radition,was good for the first 2 then fatigue got me dr. told small naps are good to keep going and do as much as you can. know your limitions and before you know the treatments will stop and few weeks after you'll start to feel better. stay strong.

      over 5 years ago
    • grammy's Avatar

      Be kind to yourself and your body by not trying to do anything that tires you too much. Let others help you or just let it go. But walk, walk, walk. Do not give in and stop moving. I also found that yoga was my salvation. It helped with the bone pain, tirdeness, and mobility. Also the meditation that is part of yoga just helps you calm down. My radiaologist told me to eat an apple a day and I did. He said his patients swore by it. So I ate an apple every day. When you shower, dry under your breast and even use a hair dryer to make sure everything is dry. This will help your skin to not break down. But whatever you do, don't stop moving. That alone will increase your energy and just help your mood also. Good luck. You can do this.

      over 5 years ago

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