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Does anyone else feel so tired from IBS? I feel like I live in the bathroom. I used to think reading in the bathoom was absurd, now I do it all the time because I'm in there so long! I have a combo of IBS-D and sometimes, most recently IBS-C. I feel so tired all the time, similar to when I had mono back in my teen years. I excercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. All I want to do is sleep! The other night I went to bed at 8:30 and woke up at 10:45 the next morning! Do you think IBS and lack of sleep have anything to do with eachother?
 

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Yes...IBS tires me out ! Sometimes I feel quite literally drained ! But I don't feel that way all the time. My IBS symptoms affect me to a degree every day and I do tend to sleep more than most people now that I don't have to work. I'm usually in bed by 9 and not up until 8. I'm hyper active when up, and assume that may account for the tiredness, but I think the stress of feeling lousy each morning must take a psychological toll. I don't really see a connection with lack of sleep and IBS, as I used to work 12 hour shifts and didn't notice a variance in symptoms. My personal direction is mental control as I think paranoia about this whole IBS thing is worse for me than the physical effects. I'm starting a trial with Celexa, an anti depressent, to see if it interrupts the constant feeling of "nervous stomach", as I call it, that is my main enemy. My bathroom is also my library and while I may be draining my guts out, I'm at least expanding my mind! I would hope you have sought medical advice as you sound really down. Try your best to be in places where you can be relaxed and allow yourself to wind down. I can get really anxious and irritable at times and I'm trying to mellow out a bit. If it helps to know you are not alone, rest assurred I sympathise! Steve
 

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Yes, IBS drains me too. I've had it for about a year now. Of course now I'm even more tired because I am pregnant, but I developed IBS 4 months prior to conceiving, and I was drained all the time then too. I think all the pain and discomfort takes quite a physical as well as psycological toll on us. Plus, a lot of the meds I take exhaust me too (Celexa, Fenergan, Bentyl, etc). I used to be such an energetic and healthy person prior to developing IBS. I just wish I could go back to the way I used to feel then! I can't remember the last time I felt full of energy!
 
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