Specialty Pharmacy

Coping with Disease-Related Fatigue

Living with certain conditions and medications can take a toll on your body, leaving you feeling tired and weak. This fatigue is different from the type of fatigue people without a specialty condition feel because it might not improve with rest alone. We asked our Clinical Services team for tips on dealing with fatigue caused by specialty medicines or conditions.


Get enough sleep. This may seem pretty obvious, yet more than one-third of Americans are not getting enough sleep. The proper amount typically ranges from seven to nine hours per night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Sleeping the right amount can help you feel more rested and focused the next day.


Make time to relax. Even with enough sleep, you might feel tired throughout the day. Plan short naps or rests between your daily activities. Beware of resting for too long, though. The Mayo Clinic says this can actually decrease energy levels and make fatigue worse. Try to limit your rests to 30 minutes.


Plan ahead. Decide what activities are most important and prioritize them during your day. Try to spread important activities throughout the day and plan breaks between so you can get enough rest and conserve energy.


plan ahead

Stay active. It’s easy to avoid activities when you’re tired, but try to keep moving. Talk with your doctor about what types of activities are safe. Start slowly, increase your activity level as you start to feel more comfortable, and remember not to push yourself too hard. Exercises that practice mindfulness and deep breathing—like tai chi—have been known to improve energy as well.


Fuel your body. Eat a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Empty calories and sugary foods can bog you down. However, eating protein and nutritious foods will give your body the energy it needs to heal. Consider meeting with a dietitian to create a detailed meal plan.


foods that help with fatigue

Ask for help. Have your family and friends help you with things you find tiring or hard to do. Pick a “job coordinator” to organize routine chores like mowing the lawn, making meals, doing housework, and running errands.


Join a support group. Talking to others about your condition can reduce stress and help you feel more comfortable with yourself. Others also might have advice on dealing with disease-related side effects like fatigue.


Support group

Talk to your doctor. You should tell your doctor about any signs or symptoms of fatigue you’re experiencing. They might provide additional advice for managing fatigue or weakness. Never stop taking your medicine without talking to your health care professional.


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