• Patti Patti
    September 10, 2010
    Extreme fatigue during chemo
    Patti Patti
    September 10, 2010

    I'm soo tired after my first round of chemo following bi-lateral mastectomies.  While I am soo exhausted, is it OK to take 5 hour energy or other high energy drink to stay awake while I'm driving and need to be awake.  I'm still teaching and need to drive 45 minutes at 6 am and pm coming and going.

    What have others done to be able to continue to function? 

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    September 10, 2010
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    September 10, 2010

    Patti, while doing chemo you need to run everything past your doctor, as far as medications (even OTC medications). You don't want anything interfering with the chemo drugs' doing their job. I'm not sure where on the spectrum energy boosters fall; but just to be sure, you should ask your oncologist.

     

    Also, be aware that side effects may change over the course of chemo. It's useful to keep a "chemo diary," which includes how you feel each day of the cycle; that way, you can track and eventually predict how you'll feel on certain days. Might be, if the fatigue is really unbearable on some days but better on others, you can take sick days when you know driving will be dangerous. Hope this helps - PJH


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