Lately I have been struggling with another symptom of IBS: fatigue. As if the pain, cramping, and bathroom trips weren't enough, now I have to deal with the aftermath of flare ups and the overwhelming fatigue.
The next couple of days after having had a flare up, I feel very tired, sleepy and with no energy at all. I have to force myself to get out of bed and go through my day as usual but it takes twice as much energy to do so. Sometimes I just want to stay in bed but don't allow myself that luxury. Instead I take a hot shower and keep on going because life goes on and so should I.
IBS is more than going to the bathroom
I don't think many people know the struggle. IBS is not just needing to go to the bathroom. It's so much more. So many more symptoms. And right now fatigue seems like an unrelenting monster reminding me that even though my flare up is over, IBS is here to stay.
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