Do you feel tired all the time? Palliative care can help.September, 2016
If you have a serious illness, it’s very likely that you are suffering from fatigue. Fatigue is the feeling of being easily tired and unable to do everyday tasks. It is a feeling of general weakness. It is the feeling of being unable to focus and forgetting things. Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms for patients with serious illness. Palliative care can help.
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. It will treat your pain and other symptoms, including fatigue. It will help you understand your treatment options. It will help you cope with the day-to-day challenges of living with a serious illness.
There are many causes of fatigue for people with serious illness. 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. You may have a problem with the chemistry of your blood. It could have a different cause or multiple causes. .
If you feel tired, please speak up and ask for palliative care. Tell your doctor how tired you are and how fatigue affects your life. Palliative care teams are used to treating fatigue and can help you feel better.
Feeling tired all the time affects your quality of life. Don’t let it. Tell your doctor about your fatigue and start living well again. Palliative care can help.