Is There A Reason I Am So Exhausted After My Lumpectomy? I Have Not Started Radiation Yet.

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Asked by gsuchili

Is There A Reason I Am So Exhausted After My Lumpectomy? I Have Not Started Radiation Yet.

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Any surgery creates fatigue; that's one of the hallmarks of anesthesia. But I think more than that, you're experiencing severe emotional stress due to your diagnosis and the beginning of treatment, and your body reacts by becoming extremely tired. This is quite common in women in the early stages of treatment; it starts to really sink in that you're dealing with cancer, and you become so, so tired... You may not even realize that you're emotionally stressed, but cancer is a real kick in the gut; it takes a long time to "settle down" and make it part of your "normal" life.

Don't let this fatigue keep you from exercising; you'll feel better if you stay active, even if only by taking short walks. As radiation continues the walks might get shorter, but don't give up; every step you take (literally, and figuratively!) is a step closer to good health. Best of luck - PJH

Answered by PJ Hamel