The research isn’t clear about whether the hepatitis C virus causes fatigue. But if you have cirrhosis, you’re more likely to get tired. And interferon, a common part of some therapy, can sap your energy, too.
The good news: This is temporary. Once you’ve completed treatment and are cured, your fatigue will end. Meanwhile, if you’re having trouble functioning because you’re too tired, talk to your doctor about other treatment options. Some newer medications have shorter treatment periods, so you don’t have to deal with side effects for so long.
Note, too, that you could be suffering from depression, like anyone with a long-term illness. You may be anxious or sad about the changes you’ve had to make or the way your medications make you feel. Talk to your doctor about how you’re feeling. He may prescribe an antidepressant or help you find a therapist or support group.
Give these six fatigue-stoppers a try:
When you’re already tired, a workout may sound like the last thing you want to do, but physical activity can actually give you energy. Get your doctor’s approval first, and then start with a 10-minute walk. Build up to 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days of the week.
Don’t overdo it.
You will have good days—when you feel fine—and bad days when you’re too tired to continue your normal activities. Pay attention to your body and rest when you need it.
Alcohol is bad for your liver, and it also makes you tired.
Try meditation, yoga, massage or other relaxation techniques regularly.
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