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IBS and fatigue

How does fatigue or tiredness result from IBS?

Our expert Ali explores why your IBS might be causing you to experience fatigue or tiredness, looks at the mechanisms involved, and examines how diet, home and herbal remedies can help you to feel more energized.


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    Erika — 09.06.2018 14:27
    Hi. Ive been having stomach cramps, bloatedness, slight nausea and occasional diarhea for the last week. I have also been feeling very tired. I used two doses of the antibiotic augmentin at the start of may for a bacterial infection in my face and used probiotics at the same time. However i stopped using probiotics about 2 weeks ago. After the stomach trouble that startes a week ago i have started on probiotics again. I am using reutrina acute. I am also drinking b vitamins as well as zinc tablets. I have never really had stomach trouble before except when i eat too much cheese, milk or cream. My question is could the stomach trouble still be from the antibiotics and could this be causing the fatique and body aches as well?


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      Ali — 13.06.2018 06:55
      Hi Erika, You are doing all the right things, but yes, this is quite a common picture after antibiotic use, especially if your body found that particular antibiotic quite rough (different people react differently to specific antibiotics). I use Optibac's For Those on Antibiotics to repair post-antibiotic damage, but you may not have that available to you in SA. You are doing all the right things otherwise. You could try adding Silicol gel to your regime for a few weeks, if you can get hold of that? It's very calming and soothing, and it reduces any residual inflammation. Best Wishes, Ali


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    Katie phillpotts — 02.04.2018 09:35
    I cannot remember a time when I have been able to sleep easily without either getting trouble getting to sleep or waking up in the small hours and being able to get back to sleep. I run as well and live a fairly active lifestyle. I can manage a long time with not much sleep until I go bonk one day and spent all day in bed. It's the pain and discomfort from ibs which keeps me awake. Yes I am following the low fodmap diet.


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      Ali — 04.04.2018 10:35
      Hi Katie, As there are so many different symptoms to IBS, and every person is different, I can offer much better advice if you can tell me more specifically about your symptoms, and the history of your IBS. As this is tricky in a Comments box, if you could use the question box at the top right hand side of the page it would be easier. Thanks, Ali


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    Kunal — 12.02.2018 07:46
    I feel very sleepy during the daytime and it affects my studies what to do


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      Ali — 12.02.2018 09:22
      Hi Kunal, Are you getting plenty of sleep at night time? That might sound too obvious, but sometimes we need more sleep than we realise - especially if you are studying because you need plenty of time to process all the information you have taken in during the day. It's also useful to avoid drinking heaps of caffeine (which can be a temptation when you're tired) because that counters the absorption of minerals such as iron and potassium that keep your energy levels up. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, which also makes you sleepy. Best Wishes, Ali


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