Recovering from sepsis
Most people make a full recovery from sepsis. But it can take time.
You might continue to have physical and emotional symptoms. These can last for months, or even years, after you had sepsis.
These long-term effects are sometimes called post-sepsis syndrome, and can include:
- feeling very tired and weak, and difficulty sleeping
- lack of appetite
- getting ill more often
- changes in your mood, or anxiety or depression
- nightmares or flashbacks
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Treatment for post-sepsis syndrome
Most symptoms of post-sepsis syndrome should get better on their own. But it can take time.
There are things you can do to help with some long-term effects, such as:
- ask your work about changes to your working hours or conditions while you're recovering
- some gentle, easy exercises to build your strength
- try some tips to help you sleep better
- things to help prevent infections
- get support – the Sepsis Trust offers support for survivors of sepsis, or talk to a GP
- try to eat little and often if you have a small appetite
- do not try to rush your recovery – give yourself time
Visit the Sepsis Trust for:
See a GP about:
- treatment for physical side effects
- treatment and support for emotional symptoms