Tips on Coping With Anemia Related to Chemotherapy
- Lightheadedness or feeling faint
- Shortness of breath, with or without exertion
- Feeling as if your heart is pounding or beating very fast
Tips for Coping
- Get plenty of rest. Sleep more at night and take short naps during the day if you can.
- Limit your activities. Do only the things that are essential or most important to you.
- Try to get a little exercise each day. Even a short walk may help you feel better.
- Ask for help when you need it. Ask family and friends to help with things like child care, shopping, housework, and driving.
- Eat a well-balanced diet and be sure to drink plenty of fluids every day.
- When sitting, get up slowly. When lying down, sit first and then stand. This will help prevent lightheadedness.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2014 -
- Update Date: 11/14/2014 -
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