The experience of being drowsy, weak or exhausted is known as fatigue. After a person has experienced a period of sleeplessness or a large exertion of energy, acute fatigue will set in, but this is not a permanent condition. Chronic fatigue is ongoing, impacts normal functioning and can have a negative impact on an individual’s quality of life.
Victims who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma often experience the overwhelming feeling of chronic fatigue. The disease itself takes a significant toll on the body, while treatments also drain the energy from a patient. Most, if not all, patients who are diagnosed with mesothelioma experience fatigue. Apart from overcoming the secondary conditions that are associated with the disease, there is little that can be done to help a patient find relief from fatigue.
Causes of Fatigue with Mesothelioma
Fighting any illness is a draining task—fighting mesothelioma is especially exhausting. It often begins with the disease itself, as the body goes through its natural process of combating the mesothelioma. Anemia, a condition that causes drowsiness and a general poor sense of wellbeing, is seen in patients with mesothelioma. Some individuals who are eventually diagnosed with mesothelioma are first diagnosed with anemia, which often indicates the presence of another underlying medical condition.
Peritoneal mesothelioma comes with loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss. The ability to consume and absorb nutrition properly is critical to revitalizing energy and being unable to eat will quickly lead to exhaustion. Physicians recommend that patients who are suffering from mesothelioma eat smaller portions more frequently, so that their body can absorb the nutrition easier and unnecessary pain can be avoided.
Treatment options for mesothelioma are quite demanding. Surgery is recommended to remove the tumors that have developed in and around the organs. In addition to this, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are used to both destroy existing mesothelioma cells and prevent more from growing. All methods take a toll on the body and can lead to chronic fatigue.
Depression and Fatigue
One driving factor of fatigue that does not receive enough attention is depression. Learning that one has mesothelioma is extremely depressing. Watching the changes that happen to a body as it battles cancer is also depressing. Experiencing this traumatic disease, having a lower quality of life, loss of hope, and fear of the future leads to chronic fatigue of a different type—psychologically associated chronic fatigue. Speaking to a counselor or psychologist is recommended.
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