Overcoming Fatigue

In this section you will find facts about, and strategies to help you deal with fatigue. These sections include: Work simplification, energy conservation, exercise and sleep management. This information will help you to make decisions about what to do and how to do it  choosing activities while managing fatigue and healing.

Sleep disturbances, fatigue, pain, mobility, and sexual functioning are some of the common complaints of liver transplant recipients.  It is important to note that these factors will affect each recipient’s process of recovery differently.  The transplant recipients in a study reported large gains in those aspects of quality of life most affected by physical health and daily activities (Bravata et al.,1999; Tome et al., 2008).


The Experience of Fatigue

This chart reflects the average fatigue scores for 27 of the IU Hospital liver patients transplanted during 2010-2011 and followed for 24 months. Only the first 12 months of data is shown. Several things are important:

  1. The ¨reflects the mean” (average score) of all the patients, you will see one for each data collection period
  2. In the early weeks they are closer together, we measure fatigue weekly for the first 8 weeks. Then we move to monthly at 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, and 24. Months 15, 18, & 24 are not shown as several patients have not arrived at these time points.
  3. The vertical lines through each ¨reflect the variability in scores at that time point”. Observe the short vertical line at week 1; and the longer line at 3 months. This means the scores were closer at week 1 and more spread apart at week 12.
  4. There is an 11.62 improvement between weeks 1-3.
  5. The next significant improvement is between 7 weeks to 12 months.

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