Fatigue & Depression (and more fatigue?!)

I'm beginning to really think about the relationship between depression and fatigue and the extent to which one impacts on the other. It's never really discussed except in general terms and then often only in relation to specific drugs. Has anyone come across any studies on fatigue, depression and MPNs / cancer or the effects of anti-depressants on fatigue? If you're debilitated and frustrated by your condition is it any surprise we can feel depressed? And if we then feel depressed is it any wonder that we feel more fatigued and debilitated? I think this is one I may have to confront! It would be helpful to see the wood for the trees.

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  • Hi Ebot, I certainly think our thoughts affect our health and wellbeing, and the dreaded fatigue! I try to stay positive and not give in to it unless I absolutely have to. Otherwise I find I get onto a downward spiral where one feeds the other, but I'm getting good at spotting the signs before it gets too far and I make a positive intention to get up and do something (anything) to divert my thoughts. For me this works but I know there are many who can't climb out of the spiral once they hit the bottom. Our brains are incredibly powerful, and we have control over it, so be mindful of your thoughts!

    I have post PV MF by the way, take Ruxolitinib and, on the whole, feel good! Hope you feel better soon.

  • I agree fatigue leads to feeling depressed although im not sure its depression as such.

    I am suffering awfully with fatigue right now and sometimes i feel very down, in tears sometimes as i cannot function properly.

    I think as you say it goes hand in hand.

  • I agree with you but haven't done any research on that yet. I find myself often torn between giving myself a good talking to about how it could be so much worse so deal with it and move on and recognising I have to give in a little. I think the emotional aspect is equally as challenging as the physical one. Stay strong. X

  • Hi Ebot, I agree it can be a viscous circle. My GP told me to Google mood gym and I have found this site helpful. Your thoughts dictate your moods so if you can change the way you're thinking it can help with low moods.

    I'm not saying it's a cure for all moods but I think it helps.

    Kind regards Aime xx😺😺

  • Have you given any thought to checking in on your gut health. 80 percent of our immune system is in our digestive system. Meaning We have far more receptors in our Gut than our brain. So if we are not absorbing in our digestive properly and eliminating effectively this effects us in our overall health, and moods,, energy, and our brain. The receptors get plugged and do not operate as effectively, can not send efficient signals to the brain, so doing a cleanse is often helpful. Omega's are important as they help with lubrication, and elimination. Our brain is 80 percent fat so omega's are good clean fat(fuel) for our brain, and body. Could go on alot on all this, but this is a huge area that so many do not realize the correlation of our overall health and how healthy is our gut. I also agree as said above that our thoughts do affect alot, our past experiences can direct at times. But our brain & gut health is important, so just food for thought in the above and most look for ways to do what they can through diet and there is a place for meds. Some cannot take Omega's if your on a blood thinner, so positive thoughts. Feel free PM me , if you want more info on the above.

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