Is fatigue something you are currently battling? Are you wondering what fatigue feels like? To confirm if you do have it? In this post, I’m sharing some of the top symptoms of how fatigue feels. Some are from my experience, some from the experiences of others. I hope it will help you feel connected and reassured. Fatigue is something that a lot of people suffer with, especially after having another diagnosis. It is proving more and more common after Cancer treatment.
As of writing this, I have no formal diagnosis of fatigue, or chronic fatigue syndrome, though I am expecting to get one once they’ve ruled everything else out. So far I have been diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency, so I guess we need to wait for my tablets to have an effect. I am often at the point of despair with it, though. It is impacting my life more than my cancer does right now. Though I am sure this is all because of my cancer. The body can only cope with so much, right?
I am sharing my tips on how to fight fatigue in this blog post here, so be sure to check that out too 🙂
How Fatigue Feels for Me
I thought it might be helpful to share what my current symptoms are, what fatigue feels like for me, and what I struggle the most with. Maybe it will help you see that this is something you are struggling with. Or maybe it will help you feel less alone in your fight against fatigue.
Or lack of it. I find myself wide awake when it comes to it being time to fall asleep. It feels like finally, my body can relax, because it’s lying down, and so my brain goes into overdrive. It can also be when my legs get very achy, and so the pain can keep me awake. My mind struggles to shut down. Sometimes I even feel too exhausted to sleep. Does that even make sense? I am not sure, but that is how fatigue feels for me.
It also takes me a long time to wake up and get out of bed in the morning. Usually, an hour to an hour and a half after my alarm goes off. It’s like I have to build myself up to move.
My brain just isn’t what it used to be. I forget things so easily now which I find so frustrating. I also struggle to concentrate on something for any length of time and find myself easily distracted. Being easily distracted is something I have always battled, but it has gotten significantly worse in the past year. I feel mentally exhausted most of the time and it takes me quite some time to process information. Much longer than it used to.
Heaviness and Pain
My whole body feels heavy. Like it is so much effort to get up and go anywhere. A friend described it like being hit by a bus, and that’s exactly what fatigue feels like. It reminds me of when I have had surgery and the pain relief is just starting to wear off. You have that heavy, achy feeling.
You know when you wake up having slept in a funny position and that area is really sore and uncomfortable? My whole body feels like that every single morning. My legs are the worst. Some mornings my back is bad, all where my scars are from my surgeries. Other mornings that area isn’t too bad. It feels very random.
The pains in my legs are pretty much constant right now. I know this is likely linked to the vitamin D deficiency, as that can have an effect on your bones. I feel like perhaps CFS might be exacerbating it, though.
OK, I know this one is obvious. But it needs to be mentioned. It is constant, and it feels no better after sleep. It often feels worse after exercise, much, much worse. I will get home from walking the dogs for 30mins and collapse on the sofa, unable to move for at least an hour, sometimes most of the rest of the evening is wiped out.
If I have done a lot on one day, then the next day can be a total write off. Some days the thought of going upstairs is enough to bring me to tears. Because I am so exhausted and in so much pain.
This is something I have had for some time, and I cannot say for certain that it is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome. When doing research I have seen it can be a symptom of what fatigue feels like, so I thought it worth mentioning.
I have lost my hearing in my right ear, so this could have a bearing on this for me. Since losing my hearing there I have found I have an increased sense of smell. This can be common when you lose some of one sense, another becomes stronger. However, I find myself struggling with any extremes. So super loud noises, bright lights, very strong tastes and smells. It all makes me very uncomfortable.
Really this could be linked to my hearing loss or fatigue. If you are struggling with anything to do with your senses and there isn’t an underlying condition then this could most definitely be to do with fatigue. It is a common symptom of how fatigue feels.
Now, this is something I have talked about struggling with before. I have lots of anxieties about things. However, I have no idea whether this is part of my Cancer diagnosis, or whether it is linked to Chronic Fatigue. They’re all linked, really. I just thought it was worth including that this can be a symptom of Chronic Fatigue.
I hope this look into how fatigue feels helps to reassure you, and may also give you some ideas moving forwards. If you are concerned that you’re suffering from fatigue then I highly recommend you speak to your GP or a medical professional. There are some tests they can do to rule out other illnesses. It is important to do that first, to be sure you’re treating what you have.
If you currently have fatigue I would love to know your symptoms and if they differ to mine. Please comment below, or come along and join our Facebook group where we can continue the discussion ♥ If you’re looking for tips on fighting fatigue and how to manage it, then check out this blog post.