- Question from Bb2: In December I underwent a bone marrow transplant, I feel better than I have in years, however I am worried this effect is only temporary. Any suggestions as to how I can keep my strength up?
- Answers - Russell Portenoy There are many causes for fatigue and it is important to try to assess and understand factors that may be contributing to it. Some people experience fatigue because of the disease or the treatment itself. Other people experience fatigue because of medications they may be taking, because they have a sleep disturbance, because they have some other medical problem, because they have a depression, or because they have been inactive for so long that they have become de-conditioned. It is important to realize that fatigue could have all of these influences and to try to minimize or reverse all of the possible contributing causes, this may entail making sure that nutrition is good, that there is some effort to exercise or at least remain active, that problems with moods are addressed, and that a sleep disturbance is treated. It is important to work with a physician or nurse to address each of these factors in an effort to minimize the fatigue.
- Lillian Nail Eat well. Sleep well. Get enough physical activity. And be good to yourself.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. You have to give yourself credit for all of the ground that you have just covered. And for women who have had bone marrow transplants, usually the seriousness of their diagnosis needs to be balanced against reassurance that they can move past it by their team of caretakers.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Ease Fatigue, Boost Energy featured Lillian Nail, Ph.D., R.N., Russel Portenoy, M.D., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about ways to manage fatigue and increase energy levels.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in March 2001.
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