You might be familiar with this feeling if you have a myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN). Fatigue is a common and challenging symptom of MPNs that can affect your quality of life. But you don't have to suffer in silence. There are ways to manage your fatigue and boost your energy levels.
Fatigue is a common symptom of MPNs that can affect your quality of life. But you don't have to suffer in silence. There are ways to manage your fatigue and boost your energy levels. These tips can improve your fitness, diet, stress level, sleep quality, and support network. You can also talk to your doctor about other options for treating your MPN and reducing your fatigue.
What causes fatigue in MPNs?
MPNs are a group of blood disorders that cause your bone marrow to produce too many red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets. This can lead to problems such as blood clots, infections, bleeding, or an enlarged spleen.
Fatigue in MPNs can have many causes, such as:
Anemia: A low level of red blood cells that carry oxygen to your tissues and organs.
Inflammation: A immune system response that can cause swelling, pain, and tiredness.
Medications: Some drugs used to treat MPNs can have side effects such as nausea, drowsiness, or depression.
Stress: Living with a chronic condition can be stressful and affect your mood and sleep quality.
How can you cope with fatigue?
Fatigue can make it hard to do the things you enjoy or need to do. But some strategies can help you feel more energized and productive. Here are some tips:
Exercise regularly: Physical activity can improve your blood flow, oxygen delivery, muscle strength, and mood. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity weekly exercise, such as walking, cycling, swimming, or dancing. Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Eat well: A balanced diet can provide the nutrients to support your health and energy. Choose foods rich in protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals, such as lean meats, eggs, beans, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Avoid foods high in fat, sugar, or salt, such as fried foods, sweets, or processed foods.
Manage stress: Stress can drain your energy and make you feel more tired. Find healthy ways to cope with stress, such as meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, hobbies, or social support. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine, which can worsen anxiety and interfere with your sleep.
Get enough sleep: Sleep is essential for restoring energy and repairing your body. Try to get at least seven to eight hours of quality sleep every night. Stick to a regular sleep schedule, avoid naps during the day, and create a comfortable and quiet sleeping environment.
Ask for help: Be bold and ask for help from your family, friends, or healthcare team when needed. They can offer you emotional support, practical assistance, or advice on how to manage your fatigue. You can also join a support group for people with MPNs and share your experiences and tips with others who understand what you're going through.
Remember: You are not alone in this journey. You have the power to take charge of your health and well-being.