Crohn’s Disease and Insomnia Symptoms

Crohn’s Disease and Insomnia Symptoms
In a single-themed column, outside of my usual pattern of writing a series, I wanted to focus on a problem symptom I have suffered for a long time: Insomnia. Crohn's disease can be debilitating and it can leave patients exhausted, and there lies a major problem for the fatigued ― insomnia. Inflammatory bowel diseases, like Crohn’s and other autoimmune diseases, can be very unpredictable. Crohn's and IBD can have a multitude of extraintestinal symptoms, involving the eyes, mouth, skin, kidneys and joints, with body pain, neurological problems and many other "Beyond the Bathroom" problems and manifestations. Crohn's disease and insomnia I've mentioned previously that one of my main Crohn's disease symptoms is insomnia or being restless during the night. An IBD patient may not suffer from insomnia, but I have found as the years go by, my restless symptoms have worsened. Insomnia, because of pain, stress, anxiety, medication and lack of sleep, is a serious concern. Crohn's patients can become negatively affected by insomnia, with induced flares, impaired cognition, patient fatigue and drowsiness. Insomnia can affect the overall quality of life. Pain, in any form, would keep most people up at night. For many Crohn's disease patients and IBD warriors, pain is a common symptom and not unfamiliar. I suffer some form of pain daily, whether it be my hands, or cramps, or urgency in my bowels, in my bottom or elsewhere. This pain, or series of pains, either keeps me up at night and I can't seem to fall asleep, or it wakes me in the night, disturbing my sleep and preventing me from going back to sleep. Too often I suffer insomnia, sometimes I am even up until after the sunrise, sleeping only because of pure exhaustion, making for very long
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5 comments

  1. Nicole says:

    Excellent write up and I appreciate your mindset!! Amazingly enough, I’ve learned to tell myself the same thing each time I’m in a flare, not sleeping, in pain, etc…. “It could be worse” my second go to is “this too shall pass” This journey is filled with contradictions and the unexpected. Once again, AWETASTIC job! May your good days overtake your bad ones.

  2. Barry says:

    As a patient with Ulcerative colitis for the past 15 years this is a pretty poor article. Simple things most effective food diet, alcohol, exercise, no screens etc. etc. not convinced Ibd suffered have more insomnia than the general population?

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