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Hepatitis Health Center

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How to Fight Fatigue From Hepatitis C

If your hepatitis C makes you feel tired, you've got ways to fight back. Try these tips to keep fatigue from putting the brakes on the activities you love.

Fatigue Busters

Pace yourself. You may have days when you feel fine, and others when you're just too tired to do things you normally do. Listen to your body and give yourself some downtime when you need it.

Don't drink. Alcohol is not only a danger to your liver, but it also makes you tired.

Eat smaller meals, and eat more often. Thisdining style gives your body and brain a regular supply of fuel. Make sure to keep it healthy, with lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Fatty, fried, and processed foods zap your energy.

Exercise. It sounds hard when you're already tired, but moving around can actually give you energy. It boosts your mood, too.

If your doctor gives you the green light, start with a 10-minute walk, and build up to 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days of the week.

Manage stress. Try yoga, meditation, or other relaxation techniques on a regular basis.

Get enough sleep. You might find your hep C medicine makes it hard to sleep.Try these tips to get better shut-eye:

  • Don't watch TV (or text or read) in bed.
  • Go to sleep and get up at the same time every day.
  • Keep your bedroom cool and quiet.
  • Don't drink caffeine late in the day.

If you still can't sleep, talk to your doctor. Sleeping pills may give you some short-term help.

Why You're So Tired

Studies disagree about whether the hepatitis C virus itself causes fatigue. But two things are clear. If you have scarring of the liver, called cirrhosis, you're more likely to get tired. And taking interferon, a common part of treatment, can rob you of energy.

The good news is, if you go through treatment and get cured, your fatigue will get better.

If you're having trouble with daily activities because you're too tired, talk to your doctor about your options for treatment. Newer drugs can sometimes be added to interferon to wipe out the virus more quickly, so you don't have to deal with side effects for so long.

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