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How can I deal with the daily fatigue after limb loss?

Guillermo J. Bernal, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
To deal with daily fatigue after limb loss, it’s important to maintain some activity during the day and not be totally sedentary. Fatigue can also have to do with depression after limb loss, or the patient may be anemic due to low blood count. All of these things need to be addressed to deal with the fatigue.
 
I also encourage patients to pace them selves, take breaks, and take small naps during the day – even for 15 minutes.
 
As time goes by, usually that fatigue begins to resolve slowly.
 
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With any health problem, tiredness and fatigue seem to go along with the pain and discomfort. The cause of such fatigue is unknown. Fatigue can make all activities harder to complete. When fatigue is severe, try to have a rest period late in the morning and late in the afternoon. It’s not necessary to sleep; you can watch TV or listen to music.

Simply lie down or relax for 10 minutes. Many people lie on a couch in their office then continue to work after rest time. These periods of rest can help the fatigue you feel and may make the remainder of your day and evening more enjoyable. Then as you get stronger after limb loss, these rest times can be shortened or stopped altogether.

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