Are you living with an illness and feeling tired all the time? Palliative care can help.
If you’re living with an illness, it’s not unusual to also suffer with fatigue. Fatigue is the feeling of being easily tired so that you are unable to do everyday tasks. You may feel especially forgetful, have a sense of general weakness, and feel unable to focus.
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of illness, but it is often not recognized by doctors. If left unaddressed, this symptom can undermine your quality of life and even your ability to pursue treatment for your illness.
There are many causes of fatigue. It may be because of untreated pain or side effects from your medicines. You may be tired because of dehydration or infection. You could be depressed or worried. There may be a problem with the chemistry of your blood, or it could have a different cause.
While it can be hard to find the exact cause, there are many treatment options that can help improve your energy level and quality of life.
If you feel this kind of tired, speak up and ask your doctor for a referral to a palliative care team. Tell your doctor how tired you are and how fatigue affects your life. Palliative care teams are used to treating fatigue, and they can help you feel better.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness, including fatigue. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with your other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in an illness, and you can have it along with curative treatment.
For more about signs, causes and treatments for fatigue and how palliative care can improve your quality of life, watch to this webinar.
GetPalliativeCare.Org is an online resource for patients and families that focuses solely on providing information on palliative care from the point of diagnosis. At GetPalliativeCare.Org you can learn more, look for palliative care in the Provider Directory, and take a short quiz to see whether you could benefit from palliative care. You can watch and listen to webinars, and there are podcasts featuring patients, caregivers and palliative care experts. The site is provided by the Center to Advance Palliative Care.