High fatigue levels are reported by those with Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease patients report high fatigue levels, according to research. Often overlooked by doctors, fatigue as a symptom can have a large toll on the quality of life in Crohn’s disease patients. Previous studies have shown links between fatigue and a number of chronic inflammatory conditions including multiple sclerosis. To assess fatigue in Crohn’s disease, researchers had patients fill out surveys aimed to investigate the perceived severity of fatigue and other non-gastrointestinal symptoms during flares.
The survey results showed that patients scored diarrhea and abdominal pain as severely affected by a Crohn’s disease flare. Fatigue and sleep disturbances were also perceived by patients to be highly affected by the disease activity.
Interventions to manage Crohn’s disease often address gastrointestinal symptoms. Adjusting the strategies to improve sleep disturbances and fatigue could have a positive impact on a patient’s quality of life.
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