Chapter 3: Symptoms and health concerns
Fatigue – What can help
What the healthcare provider can do
Sometimes medications are added to help improve energy are added, such as a stimulant or corticosteroid. A current medication might also be changed to see if that makes a difference.
After determining the possible causes, there may be some treatment options may help improve energy levels. Examples may include an antibiotic or treating anemia with a blood transfusion.
What families can do
Think of energy like a bank account. A person who is ill only has so much energy in their account. If too much is spent at one time, the account can become overdrawn, and it can take a while to build that energy back. Some of the following approaches may be helpful. Click on each phrase below to read some approaches that may be helpful.
It’s important to tell the person’s healthcare provider that fatigue is occurring. They may be able to help and treat the cause.
Save energy for the things that are most meaningful to the person. Consider planning activities for when energy levels are best, and avoid doing too many things in one day.
If possible, some mild exercise like walking can help the body feel more energized.
Breathe deeply, listening carefully to the sounds of breath going in and out. Concentrate on slow, regular breathing.
Imagery is like picturing something that can reduce stress and anxiety. Think about a scene that is relaxing to you, such as a quiet beach with the waves lapping on the shore.