Information for affected and their familiy
 
Fatgue

Links

American Cancer Society:
www.cancer.org

Cancer Help UK:
www.cancerhelp.org.uk

Cancer Supportive Care Programs:
www.cancersupportivecare.com

Deutsche Fatigue Gesellschaft:
www.deutsche-fatigue-gesellschaft.de

Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft e. V.:
www.krebsgesellschaft.de

Deutsche Krebshilfe e. V.:
www.krebshilfe.de

Fatigue and Multiple Sclerosis:
www.cfids-cab.org

Krebsinformationsdienst:
www.krebsinformationsdienst.de

Regina Rose:
www.naturheilpraxis-rose.de

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It is often difficult to distinct fatigue from general tiredness and exhaustion. A general gradation of tiredness does not exist. The judgement of the patient and the surrounding’s observation are the most significant criteria for a firm diagnosis.

A comprehensive conversation between patient and doctor is essential for the diagnosis of fatigue. Due to the fact that all patients react differently to the symptoms of chronic diseases and the therapeutic measures that are prescribed to cure them, most patients do not identify the exhaustion as a treatable symptom but as a necessary side affect to deal with.

“Fatigue” is the French word for tiredness or exhaustion and is also being called languidness or lassitude. It designates an exhaustion symptom which occurs with chronic diseases. As it is perceived by the patient and not visually noticeable to others it is a symptom opposed to a medical sign and primarily used in connection with cancer. It describes a feeling of sustained tiredness and listlessness that has an impact on the daily life of the concerned persons. In despite of sufficient sleep the patient feels weak, exhausted and overstrained.

One of the difficult tasks while coping with fatigue is to make the surrounding understand the permanent exhaustion and tiredness. On the other hand the surrounding cannot see clear visible signs of fatigue and can experience difficulties to put themselves in the position of the patient. In order to prevent mental burdens, relaxing and joyful activities should be planned for every day.

Although fatigue patients experience permanent tiredness, many of them suffer from insomnia. A light hypnotic can help to fight severe sleeping problems but it should have a short impact and should not take an effect the next day.