IBD–Fatigue (IBD-F) Self Assessment Scale

Measure your fatigue

How much is fatigue
affecting your
life?

Find out by taking our test to assess
the severity, frequency and duration
of your fatigue.

Have these tests been done?

Active inflammation is one of the most likely causes of fatigue. One or more of the following tests should have been done to exclude active disease. If inflammation is active, this should be treated and then fatigue level re-assessed.

  1. MRI Scan
  2. Colonoscopy
  3. Faecal Calprotectin
  4. Disease index
  5. CRP

Have these blood tests been done?

Abnormalities of blood chemistry or micronutrients may be causing or contributing to fatigue. Not all blood tests will be relevant to all patients, but the following might be considered and addressed if abnormal.

  1. Haemoglobin
  2. Ferritin
  3. Vitamin D
  4. Testosterone
  5. Thyroid Function
  6. Vitamin B12
  7. Folate
  8. Magnesium
  9. Sodium
  10. Potassium
  11. Cortisol
  12. CRP

  13. Calcium
  14. Albumin
  15. Glucose
  16. Zinc
  17. Selenium

Are any of these conditions present?

Many different conditions can cause or contribute to fatigue. It is worth considering if any of the following are relevant and might need addressing, in addition to IBD.

  1. Depression or low mood
  2. Liver disease
  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  4. HIV
  5. Medication
  6. Coeliac Disease
  7. Weight loss
  8. Nutritional deficiencies
  9. Anxiety
  10. Grief
  11. Disease related factors
  12. Alcohol abuse
  13. Drug abuse
  14. Work related stress
  15. Family stress
  16. Overexertion
  17. Inactivity
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