Fatigue After Breast Cancer

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   Posted 1/8/2008 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if anyone else is having the same problem I am having.
The problem is fatigue.  I had a severe problem with fatigue leading up to my diagnosis of breast cancer and while undergoing treatment.  While not as severe, I am still having bouts of fatigue.  This is a little disconcerting as I will celebrate my three year anniversary on March 14.
I am going to try to remember to ask my oncologist about this when I see her at the end of this month, but I would like to know if anyone else is having this problem.

Pattie Morgan
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   Posted 1/8/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pattie:
I'm four years out, and still get fatigued more than I used to before diagnosis.  My stamina decrease, I think, really can't be solely accounted for by age. 
It's the fear factor that may be interfering with this fatigue, though.  I tend to get tired as a response to fear.  As a result, since diagnosis, somewhat risky behaviors like skiing, rides at amusement parks, which never used to phase me, now fill me with trepidation, and I can respond with fatigue, as I said. 
Other than this dramatic change in behavior response, I still think my fatigue level is up, generally.  I also have some post-radiation pneumonia (chronic) that has lingered.  I think oxygen intake probably has something to do with it.
Hope these factors have helped you think about how to talk to the doc.  I've thought a lot about this one.
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   Posted 1/9/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Well, I used to think I fatigued much more easily after I went through the whole chemo process.  Now I've convinced myself that I am just getting old!  Really though, it was a number of years before I started feeling like "my old self" again.  Of course, I don't think the chemo/menopause weight gain was any help with that.  I have finally taken most of that weight off, and I have to say, even though I am scads older, I have more energy.  I really think it's just part of the package.  The good news is...I AM getting older.  Wish I could say that for all who have been diagnosed.



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   Posted 1/12/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Patty, I don't get over here very often, but I am one of those long-termers (11 yrs, 9 mon.). I certainly would ask your onc about the fatigue. I also suggest you check in with your PCP to make sure nothing else is going on like an underactive thyroid, diabetes or anemia. Fatigue also can be associated with depression, which is often one of the "gifts" of breast cancer. Take care and work to get some answers. Hugs, Lauri (dxed 4/11/96) 
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   Posted 1/14/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I'm new at all this. I was diagnosed with non-invasive pre-cancerous cells in my right breast. I finished my 33rd (last) radiation therapy in November and 30 days ago started Tamoxifen for 5 years. I was told by my radiation doctor that the radiation would cause me to feel tire. Well after around the 10th treatment, I begin to feel tire...less energy than usual. I'm a always on the go kind of person, but now I had to slow down and do just the necessities...nothing extra. I expected my energy level to more or less go back up to normal...I'm sure it's a slow process and is also looking forward to returning to the "old me"... My energy level appears to be trying to go up somewhat. I think I'm pushing me so I'm still getting exhausted quickly after climbing the stairs a few times (going from my basement's washroom to the upstair bedrooms - 2nd floor). I am also looking forward to starting up my exercise program to lose weight or try to maintain and to get my body back into skiing condition. Please say next year this time, I'll be sliding down mountains with skis attached to my feet...
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