Fatigue in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) – Facts to Know


Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that is characterized by irritation and inflammation of the walls of the intestines. Other symptoms of the disease include diarrhea and cramping. Studies show that in most cases, people with inflammatory bowel diseases may have periods where they don’t experience any symptoms and periods when the symptoms worsen. These two periods are respectively known as remission and flares.

In most cases, fatigue occurs as a symptom of inflammatory bowel disease in both remission and flare period. You can reduce the severity of your fatigue by properly managing your Crohn’s disease. This article will discuss the relationship between fatigue and inflammatory bowel disease.

How common is IBD?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 3 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease in the form of Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. This accounts for about 1.3% of the population.