Some people feel more tired as they get older, but fatigue is more than tiredness.
Fatigue makes it hard to carry out your daily activities. It can affect your energy levels, motivation, ability to concentrate and your emotions. It can be very frustrating, especially if you are used to being very active. You may be surprised by how tired you are and feel unprepared for the impact on your life.
Fatigue can cause a variety of problems. Select any of following symptoms to find out if you have fatigue.
It can be hard to motivate yourself to do even small jobs such as getting dressed, having a shower or preparing food when you have fatigue. Planning ahead and setting yourself goals can help you to get the most from the energy you have.
It can be hard to get a proper night’s sleep when you’re not very active during the day. And this means you have even less energy during the day. Read our top tips for getting a good night’s sleep.
Fatigue can affect the way you feel about sex. Read our booklet Prostate cancer and your sex life for more information about the effects that prostate cancer can have on your sex life, as well as ways of dealing with it. You can find more helpful tips on our online guide How to manage sex and relationships.
You might find you don’t have enough energy to concentrate on what people are saying to you. It can even be too tiring to pay attention to TV or read a book. Try to plan ahead so you can save your energy for the things you really want to do.
Fatigue can cause memory problems. You might be more forgetful than usual. Talk to your doctor or occupational therapist if you’re concerned. They will be able to suggest ways to help you remember things such as making lists or setting an alarm on your phone. Let you family and friends know too so they can help
Because fatigue can affect the way you think, you might find it hard to take in new information about your prostate cancer. You might feel stressed about having to make decisions about your treatment. Talk to your doctor and nurse and take your time to make sure you have all the information before making any big decisions.