I have ET. Diagnosed 12 months ago. Platelets around 600. On Hydroxyurea (HU). Male 67 years old. Fatigue has been a real issue. I am a high school math teacher, and shortly after diagnosis and starting on HU I needed to take a nap in my car at lunch. It got worse and I moved to half-time. Concerned that I might eventually need to stop teaching I decided to try something different. Lots of exercise! I have been playing golf, walking and carrying my bag, often playing 18 holes, sometime even 27, and trying to walk very quickly. Taking advantage of my half schedule, I have been playing very early in the morning and then teaching. I still need a 20 minute nap most days, but the fatigue does seem much better. And now I might just be tired from all of the exercise.
I wonder. Could the exercise be helping with the fatigue. Couple of possible explanations. More exercise could be improving my overall health and the ability of my body to process oxygen. At the risk of going a little too deep, could it be a matter of improved regularity? OK, maybe a delicate topic, but this is a medical forum. HU is essentially poison. And it must accumulate in the large intestines as it works through my system. Exercise, especially walking, is one of nature’s laxatives. So, could this just be purging my system more quickly of the HU?
Curious about your thoughts.