• Weak and tired all the time

    Asked by Buddyritz on Monday, November 26, 2018

    Weak and tired all the time

    After 4 Chemo treatments my wife is always very tired and weak. Feels like she may pass out at times. Is this expected? Can she expect to get worse
    from the next 2 treatments? She is diabetic and eats normally adhering to her sugar diet. Her white cell count is normal but her red blood cell count is low.

    13 Answers from the Community

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    • Gymmom's Avatar

      I would ask them to keep a close eye on her hemoglobin count (Hgb). I dealt with several episodes of anemia which required blood transfusions. I was told it was pretty common. Here are a few symptoms of anemia: hearing your pulse in your ears, pale inside the eyelids, dizziness, heart pounding when you walk from point A to point B. There are lots of others that you can Google. I was transfused when my Hgb was 7 or 7.5. Some people are transfused sooner.

      Chemo is exhausting in itself, but anemia is also a possibility. Remind her that she's 2/3 of the way through treatment. That's always great news.

      10 months ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar

      I had small cell type B Lymphoma. I had R-CHOP chemo. I was also very weak and tired. It did get progressively worse with each treatment. My advice would be to take it as easy as she can...and that it will take a long time to bounce back after treatment. At least it did with me, Tell her to be kind to her body and to listen to what it is telling her. Thoughts and prayers to you both

      10 months ago
    • Buddyritz's Avatar

      Thank you everyone. More water may be the answer. She was drinking water less than before for obvious reasons.

      10 months ago

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