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Handbook for Mortals : Managing Other Symptoms

Fatigue

"I want to stay awake, there's so much yet to do."

Fatigue accompanies most fatal illnesses. Sometimes this tired, weak feelings comes from the disease. Other times, medication can make you sleep or slow your thinking. It is certainly reasonable to try to save energy for the things that really matter to you. It is often not essential to make a trip to the physician's office or to continue a medication or exercise that is no longer helping, especially if doing so saps energy you need for something else. Sometimes it is worthwhile to try a stimulant, such as caffeine or a prescription stimulant. Talk with your doctor about trying out something like that if your fatigue seems to be the major block to your enjoying your family or some other activity.

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