Thanks for posting about tiredness as it is a subject that comes up from time to time and needs addressing regularly.
It is perfectly normal to feel tiredness or fatigue after an operation. However, there are many other possible causes of fatigue or tiredness that are not necessarily directly related to having an ostomy. things like blood sugar levels, dehydration, salts, electrolytes, etc, etc.
It is as well to check out as many avenues as possible as there might be a simple solution to you tiredness.
In my own case I found that there were two different causes for the worst of my tiredness 1) sleep apnoea which made me generally tired during waking hours and: 2) very low blood pressure which occasionally caused immense and immediate fatigue, so bad that I had to stop whatever I was doing to lie down for a few minutes.
My GP at the time simply dismissed it as overwork, but once I had some checks done I found solutions.
Meanwhile, I did write some rhymes about this aspect so I'll share one with you now !
TIREDNESS AND ILLNESSES.
I think UC, Crohn’s and IBS
will all link up with tiredness.
Also there’s some affirmation
of this with bowel inflammation.
If you lose blood through your poo
when you sit down upon the loo
then you should take some extra care
and watch for other symptoms there.
If lots of blood runs from your bum
anaemia can sometimes come.
In much research it has transpired
that this can make you very tired.
With such diseases comes much pain
which causes energy to drain.
And if it’s with you constantly
you will tire consequently.
Chronic illness has some renown
for really dragging people down.
So if you don’t feel very well
within fatigue you may well dwell.
When your diet is not quite right
then you might lose your appetite,
and if you go right off your food
it’s likely you will be subdued.
Illness can create the stress
to put you under great distress.
Then there is the loss of sleep
where tiredness is what you reap.
These chronic illnesses aren’t kind,
they stress the body and the mind.
Because they are so difficult
tiredness is one result.
B. Withers 2013
(In My Ostomy World. Book 2 p26)
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