Is chemo weakness a common side effect of treatment?

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Does chemo make you feel so weak that you can not get out of bed?

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Fatigue and weakness are common side effects of chemotherapy, and it's normal to feel quite wiped out, particularly three to five days after a chemo treatment. Weakness and fatigue can also be a result of low red blood cell counts; have your doctor review your blood cell counts to see if this is the case. In any case, weakness this extreme is something you should bring to your doctor's attention. There are many treatments that can help you get through chemo more comfortably.