Fatigue problem with gastrointestinal diseases

Friday 1st August, 2008

People with chronic gastrointestinal diseases can also suffer debilitating fatigue which can lead to other associated issues including sleeping problems and decreased psychological well-being.

Those with gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease complain of high levels of fatigue according to studies carried out at the University of Göteborg in Sweden.

Researchers studied 399 patients (18 years and over) with gastrointestinal disorders who completed questionnaires on fatigue levels, sleep disturbances, psychological general well-being and the severity of gastrointestinal symptoms. This was compared against the same number of people from the general population who were matched for age and gender.

The results revealed that those with chronic gastrointestinal diseases had significantly higher levels of fatigue than people from the general population. Patients with gastrointestinal problems scored an average 63 points out of 160 on a fatigue impact scale, compared with an average of 50 points among the other group.

Further study highlighted that poor psychological well-being, unemployed, retirement, sick leave and sleep disturbances were also associated with the level of fatigue among the patients.



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