Everyone feels tired from time to time. However, you’ll likely find that the weariness associated with multiple myeloma and its treatment is vastly different from any fatigue you have ever experienced before. Often referred to as bone-deep exhaustion, the resulting lethargy can seem overwhelming and may not improve with rest.
How to boost your energy level during multiple myeloma treatment
If you’re dealing with weakness, weariness and low energy during multiple myeloma treatment, your physician can help you find ways to feel more rested and energetic. Here are some commonly recommended options:
- Exercise regularly – Of course, if you’re feeling exhausted, exercise is probably the last thing on your mind. But, even a light, low-impact activity such as walking can strengthen your muscles and boost your energy level. Your physician can help you find an appropriate workout program. To feel your best, be sure to progress slowly and rest whenever you need to. You should ultimately aim to get thirty minutes of exercise daily.
- Consume a nutritious diet – Food is essential for strengthening your body and keeping your energy level up. Try to eat several small meals throughout the day, rather than a traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner. Include a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, and be sure to drink plenty of water. In general, you should avoid sugary snacks, processed foods and alcoholic beverages.
- Protect yourself from germs – Multiple myeloma can lower your white blood cell count and inhibit your body’s ability to fight off infections. This can make you highly susceptible to getting sick, which in turn can make you feel weaker and even more tired. To protect yourself, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly and often, and stay away from people who are ill.
- Conserve your strength – Multiple myeloma and its treatment can leave you feeling wiped out, and the associated anxiety, bone pain and nausea may be interfering with your ability to sleep. Make rest a top priority, and take a break whenever you need to. Ask family members and friends for help with household chores and, if possible, ask your employer to reduce your workload or hours.
It’s important to keep your body strong during multiple myeloma treatment, and Moffitt Cancer Center offers a variety of supportive care services that can help. If you’re interested, you are welcome to request an appointment by calling 1-888-663-3488 or completing our new patient registration form online. You can meet with an oncologist in our Malignant Hematology Program with or without a referral.