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Why Am I So Fatigued?

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  • Causes of Cancer related Fatigue. The article distinguishes between weakness and fatigue, highlighting their differences and commonality in cancer patients. Weakness refers to decreased muscle strength and effort required for movement, often accompanying fatigue. Fatigue, on the other hand, involves extreme tiredness and lack of energy that persists despite adequate rest, with various causes including cancer-related factors. Cancer-related fatigue affects 80-100% of patients and can manifest as feeling weak, drained, or unable to perform basic tasks. It may result from surgery, treatment side effects, or physiological changes induced by cancer. The duration and severity of fatigue vary, persisting for weeks, months, or even years after treatment cessation. Management involves communication with healthcare providers to identify and address underlying causes, recognizing symptoms, and adjusting lifestyle accordingly.

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