What is Fatigue?
Generally speaking, fatigue is the feeling of being very, very tired. Some facts patients should know about fatigue include:
- It means you are not able to do the things you usually do.
- It affects the things that you do, such as talking on the telephone, eating, or sleeping.
- Rest does not make it better.
- It is the most common side effect of cancer treatment.
- Only you know if you have fatigue and how bad it is.
What Should You Look For?
Some symptoms to look for if you believe you are feeling fatigued include:
- Feeling like you have no energy
- Sleeping a lot
- Not wanting to do normal activities
- Not being able to do normal activities
- Not caring about the way you look
- Feeling tired even after sleeping
- Having trouble thinking
What Can You Do?
Some steps you can take to alleviate fatigue include:
- Rest, But Not Too Much
- Rest in-between activities
- Stay Active
- Stay as active as you can
- Exercising, such as walking, can make you feel better
- Save Your Energy
- Plan ahead
- Spread your activities throughout the day
- Do your most important activities first
- Get Help With Tasks
- Don't overdo it
- Ask your family or friends to help you do things
- Get Support
- Think about joining a support group
- Talk about how you are feeling with others
- Eat Well
- Drink 6 - 8 glasses of water a day
- Eat small meals during the day
- Call Your Nurse or Doctor
- Call your nurse or doctor if you feel more tired than usual
How Long Will Fatigue Last?
Once your treatment is over, the fatigue will slowly go away over time.