Many patients experience fatigue as part of therapy. Patients often report feeling lethargic and tired or weak.
Many aspects of treatment can cause fatigue including
- Low blood counts (Anaemia)
- Fever and/or infection
- Poor sleep
- Trying to do too much
- Weight Loss
Fatigue can be managed and in some cases improved. Current recommendations are to
- Include daily exercise wherever possible in your day (low impact).
- Consider a physiotherapy review for exercises that will increase your strength, stamina and endurance.
- Keep an eye on nutrition and make sure you are eating frequent, small nutritious meals.
- Encourage good sleep routines and adequate amounts of sleep. In general, this will include avoiding caffeine after 3pm.
- Alter your regular routine to create a better balance (i.e. half days at work, university, school) and allow your body more time to recover.
- If pain is contributing to your fatigue please speak up! There are many avenues to deal with pain and physicians that specialise in pain medicine to improve these symptoms.
- Plan your day around when you feel as though you have more energy. Keeping a diary to note when you feel more or less energized can assist you to plan.