neurotic anxiety about my stricture

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 1/28/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
I'm looking for some emotional advice from you experienced crohnnies out there. I have finally moved past my chronic D and I'm actually doing pretty well. I have a stricture in my ileum with no obstruction. My problem is that I can feel pain in my ileum almost constantly, especially if I press on it. The pain is not worse than feeling like I'm ovulating (actually that's exactly what it feels like) My problem is that I'm constantly worrying about an obstruction. My normal self, (now that I have moved past the D from Salmonella) is to be a bit constipated. I take Metamucil which works well. Do those of you with strictures, feel it all the time? I am seeing my GI and doing what I need to take care of myself. I think my anxiety around this is bigger than the problem itself. Any advice on how I can move past this and quit worrying would be appreciated. Thanks
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007
currently taking Pentasa 2750 mg- 9pills/day and on and off Prednisone for flares

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Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 261
   Posted 1/28/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I could pretty much feel a dull achey pain in my illeum all the time.  When I was first diagnosed and for about two years after, the pain would come and go.  Some days I wouldn't really notice it at all and some days I would need pain medication and go to bed with a heating pad on my abdomen.  This last year, things became worse and the pain was pretty constant.  I also developed a sense of constant nausea.  I never threw up but always felt like I could at any time.  So, while I never developed a complete obstruction the stricture itself was getting worse and worse as it built up scar tissue from the inflammation.  I finally gave in and had surgery to remove it in early january.  While I'm still dealing with discomfort from the surgery itself and the diarrhea that goes along with it, my abdominal pain that I was having is gone!!!!

31year old female
CD of Terminal Illeum and Rectum Diagnosed 12/04
Illeocolonic Resection 1/08
Current Meds: Pentasa, Fosomax, Iron, Vitamin b12 injections, Vicodin

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Date Joined Jul 2003
Total Posts : 481
   Posted 1/28/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have a stricture in my ileum. On and off I notice it. I actually have a lot of stomach gurgling in that area, which is what makes it the most apparent. I know it's easier said than done, but if you're doing everything you can to keep yourself healthy try not to stress. Stress makes this disease work. Good luck!

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 1/28/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Your normal considering your disease, however Health Anxiety is controllable. :-)   What happens in health anxiety is that you  become so locked on your symptoms you  actually can't shift your  attention onto anything else. You lose your  objectivity and then you  don't tune into other sorts of evidence, or other sorts of ways of thinking about what's happening to you.

CBT/cognitive behavior therapy is most effective for health anxiety. CBT helps you recognize and understand false beliefs driving your health anxiety. It also helps you learn to stop behavior associated with your anxiety, such as constantly monitoring your body for problems.

I would like to suggest that you talk with your physician if you would like to start therapy or you may use the online free program that many members have used for anxiety and depression issues.

The MoodGym Training Program:
Take care and I hope this helps you in some small way.


Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~

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