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Tiredness/Fatigue

Why do I feel tired and fatigued?

Tiredness/fatigue is a symptom that is often reported by people after they have been in Intensive Care. Physical, mental and emotional effort can increase the fatigue you are experiencing. How long the fatigue lasts can vary between people and some may experience it for three or four months and others much longer for example a year or beyond. It can be really debilitating being tired and fatigued all the time and can make it difficult to carry out even the most basic activities like making a cup of tea or chatting with friends.

How can I manage my tiredness and fatigue?

A technique called pacing can be used to help manage tiredness and fatigue. On the website are short clips and booklets explaining how to pace after Intensive Care.