The Many Faces of Fatigue

Many people with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) complain about being fatigued from time to time. Trying to explain it to someone who is not experiencing it firsthand might be a futile effort. Here, in this group, we understand how you feel and would like to invite you to share your experience.

As someone who lives with UC, you are probably well familiar with the physical fatigue usually caused by a strenuous exercise session, such as going for a long run, pumping iron, or taking a kickboxing class. However, people with a chronic disease can feel exhausted, even when making dinner or just taking a shower. On top of that, there is pain, which by itself can cause exhaustion.

Did you know that although it sounds unlikely, physical activity and movement can alleviate fatigue symptoms?

Contrary to common belief, fatigue is not just a physical phenomenon. It can be caused by social and emotional triggers, as well. Nowadays, when ”meeting” new people and connecting with friends, family members, and coworkers online, these interactions can cause social fatigue. And for people who are not tech-savvy, even more so. Spending time on a tedious or frustrating phone call or email thread can have the same effect. 

How about feeling depressed, sad, frustrated, or angry? Expressing these feelings by crying, yelling, or screaming can also leave us feeling depleted.

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