17 Cancer and fatigue
Do you know what the main problem that a cancer patient has is? It is fatigue. The exact cause is unknown. There are many reasons for this cancer fatigue, but doctors do not know how to treat it.
The normal fatigue that we have some days is different from the fatigue of cancer. This normal fatigue usually goes away very soon. Cancer fatigue can take months or years. In my case, it has continued after finishing my treatments. This cancer fatigue frustrates you and affects how you live each day. Some days are worse than others. And it appears at any time of your day. If it is severe, you cannot go back to work as you planned. You have to look for solutions like working part time.
Among the main causes of cancer fatigue we have are cancer itself, treatments against cancer, anemia, nutrition problems, emotional distress, sleep problems, lack of physical activity, and some others. Due to these many reasons, it may not be possible to know the exact cause of fatigue. It is recommended to get treatment for medical problems that may be adding to your cancer fatigue. Try it.
To help you with fatigue, I will give advice that I have read on online sites and pamphlets on fatigue. These online sites are from hospitals known as Sunnybrook, Mayo and Cleveland clinics, and the American Cancer Society. In addition to this information, I have included my own experience with fatigue. These are:
– Walking is a good exercise to help with fatigue. I practice it with excellent results. If you can go to a gym, it will help you too. I try to go to my gym three times a week.
– If you have ten things to do one day, reduce them to 2 or 3 and leave the others for another day. You will feel better for what you achieved, and the fatigue will be less. These activity reductions will help you conserve energy in your day. Good advice and I try to follow it every day. Ask your family members to help you with tasks that are heavy for you.
– Have a plan to rest at some times during your day. The recommended rest is 20 to 30 minutes. I apply this advice every time I feel tired. After my short nap, I feel better with energy to do any important task. Although experts say that fatigue does not go away with a nap, my experience and the experiences of some friends with cancer are different. A nap helps.
– Go to sleep when you’re sleepy not before. Sleep about 8 hours each day, but no more than that. When I go sleepily to bed, it takes me 5 minutes to fall asleep. Practice and you will see.
– What you eat is very important. Get a cancer dietitian, and she will help you with the best food for you. Mainly your food must have grains, meat, milk, fruits, and vegetables. The amounts depend on each person.
– It is advisable to drink 8 cups of liquid per day. For me, this is difficult since I suffer from incontinence due to my surgery to the prostate. I do the best I can.
– Participate in a support group about fatigue. These groups are very useful. I have participated in some of them. The different experiences of the members give you a better perspective of your problem.
A lot of advice. If you can practice one by one in your daily life, you could improve your fatigue. Saying “improve” is important because fatigue sometimes takes years to go as experts say. Once again I ask you to share your experiences with these tips. By doing this, you are helping other people in similar situations. I hope you feel better. I’m better with my fatigue, but sometimes I need a nap to recover. If I take it, I’m fine. You try it.