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Tiredness after mascetomy and reconstruction


Re: Tiredness after mascetomy and reconstruction

Hi che75

Thanks for posting.

It sounds as though the last 6 months have been difficult for you so it’s understandable that that you are wondering why you are now suffering with extreme tiredness.

Experiencing extreme tiredness (fatigue) after treatment for breast cancer is very common and coping with ongoing pain may also contribute to this..  Many people find that they start to get their energy levels back as time passes after treatment, but for some fatigue can continue for months or sometimes years.

Other factors may also contribute to fatigue, such as: the emotional impact of a breast cancer diagnosis; altered sleep patterns; and reduced activity.

There are things you can try to help manage fatigue which are discussed in the previous links. You may want to keep a diary to record when you feel at your most tired.  This will help you to plan activities you enjoy in the times when you have more energy. Eating a healthy well balanced diet is also important. The following tips for better sleep may also be helpful.

If you have not done so already, do discuss how you are feeling with your breast care nurse or GP. It is important they are aware of how you are feeling and how it’s affecting your daily life. There are a few situations where fatigue may be due to other conditions such as anaemia or thyroid problems so it’s important these are ruled out.  You may also want to ask if there is anything else that may help in managing the pain.  Your GP may consider referring you to a specialist pain clinic 

We often hear from women that fatigue can have a real impact on their day to day life. It can be difficult to describe fatigue and other people may not always understand how you are feeling.  They may assume that after treatment, you are back to normal and don’t understand the difference between tiredness and fatigue or be aware that it can continue after treatment has finished.

It can sometimes help to share your experiences with others who may have been through something similar. You can do this through the main part of our Forum , our Someone Like Me service and the online Moving Forward course. Also BECCA is our free app for people with breast cancer and provides strategies and tips to help you move forward after breast cancer treatment.

Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential, and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.

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Best wishes



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Tiredness after mascetomy and reconstruction

Good morning 

It has been 6 months since my mascetomy and Diep reconstruction surgery. I have had infections along the way, that has caused a scar tissue , which is still causing pain. I am dealing with it all correctly the way advised by my lovely breast nurse. But now for the past 2 weeks o am suffering with extreme tiredness and lack of energy and I am not sure why. 
Please can you give me any advice 
Many thanks