I loose all my energy when I'm flaring, both due to the inflammation and lose of blood.
Tiredness is a symptom of inflammation.
Inflammation stimulates the immune system, which reacts by producing large numbers of white blood cells and antibodies. All this takes much energy and can result in chronic fatigue.
I didn't realise this was the reason for tiredness with UC - thanks! It's good to at least know why I feel as tired as I do. It's got considerably worse for me the past couple of weeks as I've been coming off the Pred and I find it hard to function most days. And if I get too tired I end up shaky, lightheaded and headachey...not fun!!
23 year old female, from the UK. Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08. Hospitalised Jan '09 for 3 days IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect! Hospitalised Feb '09 for 7 days (5 days - IV Hydrocortisone)
Currently taking daily:
5mg Prednisolone tablets (tapering), 100mg Azathioprine (started taking 11th May),1g Acetarsol suppository, Asacol suppository (alternating nights)1g Mesalazine granules x 2
Motilium (anti sickness), 1.5mg Zopiclone (taken when needed for sleeping), 10mg Citalopram (anti-anxiety), Probiotic Multivitamins, Nutren Build up drinks.