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Fatigue (AL amyloidosis) Infosheet

This Infosheet explains what fatigue is, what the causes of fatigue in AL amyloidosis are, what the symptoms are, what the treatments are and some tips for self-management.

Fatigue is a common complication of AL amyloidosis and its treatment and learning to live with fatigue can be challenging. Over time it can be profoundly debilitating as it can have an impact on your physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

The infosheet lists some of the causes of fatigue in AL amyloidosis:

  • Anaemia
  • Medical treatments
  • Pain
  • Poor diet
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and loss of appetite – all side effects during treatment
  • Anxiety and depression – especially when coming to terms with a diagnosis of AL amyloidosis.

As well as the symptoms of fatigue, the infosheet details some of the treatments, particularly where there are underlying medical causes such as anaemia.

Other treatments include complementary therapies, such as aromatherapy, reflexology and relaxation techniques, yoga and tai-chi and other forms of exercise.

There are also many things that you can do to self manage and help lessen the impact that your fatigue may have on your life.