Updated: Tue Feb. 17 2009 16:56:42
A research team at the University of Calgary believes they have discovered why diseases, like arthritis, make people so tired.
Dr. Mark Swain has found that inflammatory diseases like arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease, allow so-called "immune" cells to infiltrate the brain and it's those cells that cause fatigue.
Dr. Swain says the fatigue can often be the worst part of a disease and that the next step is to reverse the process which in turn will stop the fatigue.
"I think when people have profound fatigue that's associated with inflammatory disease, they'll often say that it's the most incapacitating thing that they're experiencing from their disease and if they could only get over the fatigue, they could deal with the other aspects of their disease," says Dr. Mark Swain from the University of Calgary.
When I talked to my GI about being tired all the time his response was to start exercising everyday. I told him I could barely make it through my work day how was I supposed to exercise.To me it is the worse part of this disease. My mind wants to accomplish all these tasks and my body just won't cooperate. Sometimes I feel like a real loser.
that is great news, I also think the fatigue is terrible. Even when not flaring I still have it!
Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)
Diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica
funny but I just saw almost the same concern voiced in one of the groups on Facebook
here are a couple of links...they add anything...but maybe someone else can or will dig deeper....