Fatigue & IBD

Many people with Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease (the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Diseae - IBD) suffer from fatigue. This information explains what fatigue is, what may cause it, and possible ways of reducing it.

Much of the research in this information sheet is based on results from the Crohn’s & Colitis UK study funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The quotes throughout the information sheet are also taken from this study. More details about the study can be found at the end of this information sheet. 

What is fatigue?
How common is fatigue in Crohn's or Colitis?
What causes fatigue in bed?
How does fatigue affect people with IBD?
Talking about fatigue
Measuring fatigue
What can I do to reduce my fatigue?
Can changing my diet reduce my fatigue?
Is there anything else I can do to reduce my fatigue?
Further help
Help and support from Crohn's & Colitis UK
How we write our information

Last reviewed: December 2017