It is common for brain injury survivors to suffer fatigue more acutely and to enter into states of fatigue more easily after their injuries. For many survivors and their family members, this increase in fatigue comes as a bit of a surprise. Why am I (or my loved one) exhausted by 6 p.m. when I (or my loved one) used to be active throughout the evening even after a long day of work?
Below are just a few of the reasons why brain injury survivors may be experiencing this greater post-injury fatigue:
1. Survivors may still be healing from the injury.
2. It often takes far more effort and concentration to engage in basic activities like walking and speaking than it did pre-injury.
3. Survivors are almost always operating under far greater levels of stress than before. This could be due to the inevitable stress of trying to get better or stress from other issues…
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