Fatigue is the feeling of lacking energy and finding everyday tasks exhausting. It can affect the way you feel, and make it more difficult to enjoy even relaxing activities such as reading or watching TV.
It can affect your mood and your relationships, so you find yourself getting impatient with yourself and others, or upset and tearful over small things. You might find that you avoid spending time with friends or family, because it just feels too exhausting. It’s not unusual for fatigue to last for many months after treatment is over. In some people, it may last for a year or two.
Fatigue can show itself in other ways. You may find yourself wanting to spend longer and longer in bed in the morning, but still have problems sleeping. You may have difficulty accomplishing the smallest tasks and find that you are short of breath doing even light activities. Poor concentration or memory loss might also be a problem. You might find that you have lost all interest in sex, even though you have recovered physically from your surgery.