Is Fatigue a Common Crohn's Disease? What can be done about it?
Answer by Michael F. Picco, MD.
Fatigue is an overly common symptom of Crohn's disease. Fatigue can have a major impact on people with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, which affect their work, daily life and quality of life.
In addition to the direct effects of the disease, other factors that commonly affect people with Crohn's disease include anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances – also contribute to fatigue.
What can be done about it? Fatigue is a tricky problem without a simple answer. Here are a few ideas:
- Take steps to keep your illness under control. People whose illness is in remission have less complaints of fatigue. Drugs that target inflammation help many people feel better and tire less. Examples include biological therapies such as adalimumab (Humira), certolizumab (Cimzia), infliximab (Remicade) and immunomodulators such as azathioprine (Imuran, Azasan), mercaptopurine (Purixan, purinethol), methotrexate (Trexall, Rheumatrexat). Treatment of anemia. Red blood cell deficiency is a common problem in people with Crohn's disease. It can contribute to energy and fatigue.
- Talk to your doctor about your medication. Certain medications used to treat Crohn's disease, such as corticosteroids (prednisone), can cause tiredness either directly or through sleep disturbances
- Look for a psychological therapy. Consider discussing ways to deal with fatigue and other psychological factors that may affect your fatigue, including stress, anxiety, and depression, with a doctor or consultant.
This is also the case to combat fatigue It is helpful to include physical activities in your daily routine, to eat healthy foods and to sleep well. Tell your doctor about your fatigue concerns so that he or she can help find ways to resolve the problem.
Release date: 2017-06-02