Fighting Fatigue

Author: OrthoBiotech Oncology
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

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fighting fatigue
Tips for managing fatigue and anemia
  • Have your hemoglobin checked regularly

  • Eat a well-balanced diet including plenty of fluids and seek nutritional advice about iron- and vitamin-rich foods and dietary supplements

  • Plan your daily activities and do only what you absolutely must do

  • Include short periods of rest and relaxation (take naps!) every day

  • Ask for help from others, especially when you are feeling fatigued

  • Do light exercises every day (always check with your health care provider about exercises that are best for you)

  • Join support groups and share your feelings and concerns

  • Find new hobbies that are physically less demanding, like reading or listening to music

  • Keep a journal or diary

Ask your doctor about a prescription medicine that allows your body to make more red blood cells and helps give you back your strength.

From the National Cancer Institute