Crohn's and Fatigue

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   Posted 5/9/2008 2:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hiya all,
Im currently in remission with Crohn's of 8 years, welll kind of, still spend more time in the bathroom than I should but it doesn't interfere with things too much. Thing is, I'm always tired really. As a student, I get to have lie in anyway, but I still find that I need the afternoon nap aswell, and with months off from uni on the Summer all I do is sleep!
I think I find it such a comfort. But should I break the habit of sleeping too much? and if so how??
Anyone else have this problem of sleeping TOO MUCH??
SKR:Crohns colitis May 2000. Aged 18

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   Posted 5/9/2008 3:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I had the same problem of always being tired. I made a few changes that make a huge difference in improving my energy level. First get at least 7 good hours of sleep a night. Begin running, start slow only a mile or less and work your way up. You may think you don't have the energy to exercise, but I am a firm believer you need to use energy to create energy.(I used to hate running, but now I love it) This will make the biggest difference for you. Finally start eating a diet of mostly fruits and vegetables. Try to eliminate processed food. If you make these changes you will not only have more energy, but I guarantee your Crohn's symptoms will lessen.
Stop taking naps. This may seem to help but it is making you more tired.

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   Posted 5/9/2008 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Fatigue seems to come with the territory. Even when you are not flaring....

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   Posted 5/9/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
SKR . . . I see that you are 18 years old . . . AND you have Crohn's. Active Crohn's alone will make you tired . . . but having raised four children . . . 18 year olds are tired. Mine slept in every chance they had.

The napping may be the telling part . . . when you need to nap every day, after a good night sleep, you should let your doctor know.


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   Posted 5/10/2008 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I could nap everyday. But being 18 dealing with crohns, you should call your doctor and discuss this. Have your bloodwork checked, make sure everything is okay. Depression can cause sleepingness too. Get it checked out just in case.

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   Posted 5/11/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks everyone..will take advice..and wil try to stop sleeping! lol

Take care


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   Posted 5/11/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm big on naps too lol I need a ridiculous amount of sleep to feel well rested and generally on my days off I take a nap.

I don't have any advice for you just commiserations!
Dx: Crohn’s Ileitis as of 22/02/08
Rx: Salofalk 4g/day (26/02/08)
6mg Budesonide (for the next 6 weeks as of 04/04/08)

Discontinued meds:
Asacol 2.4g
Pentasa 4g

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   Posted 5/11/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Definetly be tested for anemia-all types, iron defeciency, b-12 deficency etc. ou have a lot of risk factors-the test is relatively simple-just blood work and if you do have anemia the treatment is inexpensive, relatively easy to live with and it makes a huge difference in energ level.

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   Posted 5/11/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   

I would not try to stop sleeping, your body is tired for a really good reason. It is fighting a disease all the time...

I agree a really good night sleep helps a lot. Which is hard to get sometimes.



Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Also have Arthritis, and feel like I am falling apart sometimes...

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   Posted 5/11/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree, I sleep when I can and feel I need it. Also, I agree have some bloodwork done. I'm always anemic and know that's part of it. I also am more tired after and during a flare. Nothing to be ashamed of, sleeping is a way for your body to heal at any age. If it's telling you to rest, then you probably need it. Sleeping is only a problem when you are feeling depressed and avoiding life. Take care!

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   Posted 5/11/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I just got to jump in here and say many days I wish I could sleep like I used to . I am not sleeping good now so I am envious of your good rest. lol gail
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