Does IBS Cause Fatigue?
I’ve seen the question, “does IBS cause fatigue?” in many website forums.
I’ve actually experienced this exhausted feeling many times and seeing others talk about it too sparked my interest.
But, did you know there can be a huge difference in the fatigue you experience?
Fatigue vs. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
I mentioned that I occasionally feel fatigued from IBS, usually when I experience a bad flare up.
But there are people who experience constant fatigue that is its own illness.
According to Everyday Health: “Irritable bowel syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome frequently coexist.”.
Neither Irritable Bowel Syndrom or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have a clear cause or cure.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is constant fatigue, you will not relieve this with any amount of sleep and it often comes with many aches and pains.
CFS can include headaches, muscle aches, joint pain and other pain along with this fatigue.
Everyday Health warns us: “These symptoms can resemble those of other diseases or conditions, so first your doctor will need to rule out other causes before making a definitive diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome.”.
Kick Chronic Fatigue Syndrome To The Curb
The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, Made Easy!
The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution includes a great protocol to follow for CFS.
There has been a lot of success from this easy-to-follow book.
Many other books out there on the subject aren’t as helpful and overwhelming to read.
The last thing you need is an overwhelming, hot mess of a book!
Having your fatigue under control can help you better tackle your IBS symptoms.
Spoon Theory Explained
You may have heard someone with a chronic illness refer to spoons or themselves as a spoonie, you’re probably baffled.
Essentially, spoons are used to describe your energy for the day.
Each task or activity uses spoons. Some more, some less.
You have a limited amount of spoons to begin with and even many simple tasks take a good amount of your spoons away for the day.
Writing this post for example, it could take several of my spoons for the day, and I won’t be left with much more energy.
People with chronic illnesses often have less energy to work with in a day than someone without.
This limits what you can do in a day and requires constant choices.
Read about the full Spoon Theory here.
The Bottom Line
Back to the question at hand, does IBS cause fatigue? YES.
IBS tiredness can occur from time to time, flare ups take a huge toll physically and mentally.
Your body goes through a lot of pain that can last days, along with a lot of muscle spasms, all of which use up your energy!
CFS is a fatigue illness that can last months or even longer.
A lot of people have both IBS and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and many of the theories of how they are caused remain similar.
Most chronic illnesses cause a loss in energy, which the spoon theory above explains in simple terms even to children.