It kind of rings hollow when one reports the number one improvement post-op, to be siginificant fatigue reduction, but wanted to echo that yes, indeed, it IS a significant, overarching symptom that affects every waking moment on a daily basis, some days better than others, but no days can be considered zero-fatigue days either. That's my POV only.
Post op, my days are measured by how little time I have to get things done, that's 180 from this time last year, where I sought to engage as few activities as possible, ostensibly to "conserve energy", which as most here are aware, is a lose-lose proposition, for if this paradigm is correct, and I presume most of us consider it at a minimum to be highly relevant, resting can in fact exacerbate the problem, all discussion of inversion type therapies aside for now.
Naps, why bother? Feeling worse or only a tiny bit better on waking, means that hours are wasted for nothing. Best to slog one's way through the day and do what you can do.
If I had to rate my own reduction in fatigue, I would put it at 75-90% depending on the day, and that is without any significant lifestyle changes whatsoever, which may very well easily cover the remaining 10-25%, and of course factoring in that I'm 40 not 18, and raising 3 small children.
Yes, this is anecdotal, cannot be measured in any way (fatigue that is), other than a self assessment, which means that we'll have to go with what the majority of patients have attested to in this regards.
I outrun my 3 and 7 year old, put them to bed at night, wake them up in the morning, feed them, clothe them, play with them, juggled all of that plus extracurricular stuff, while having child number 3 a few weeks ago in a hospital 35 miles from home, and never missed a beat, got lost, forgot a name, used a post-it-note, or failed to enjoy every moment of our last child, my son....
And to that, I give my stented veins all the credit....