Fatigue and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Fatigue is commonly reported among people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and can greatly affect people’s quality of lives. Those with severe fatigue may find it difficult to carry out simple, everyday tasks.

What is fatigue and why do you get it with IBD?

Fatigue is extreme tiredness and is associated with many chronic conditions, including IBD. It is thought that around three quarters of people with IBD experience fatigue. It is not exactly clear as to why but there may be a number of things which contribute to it. These include:

What can you do to help with fatigue?

What you can do to help with your fatigue will greatly depend on the reasons why you are suffering from it (and for many people there isn’t an obvious reason). Some ways include:

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