Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort Switching to Humira June 2008 will wean off Pentasa and Entocort
Diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma - Also on Prilosec for reflux.
I've always thought of it this way:
I have Crohn's because there is something wrong with the make-up of my body's chemistry. It isn't my "fault" I have this disease.
I do, however, have the tendency to make it worse because my a-type personality brings physical issues of its own that only irritate what's already going wrong because of my CD.
I don't think your personality begets your CD, but I do think that you can make it worse by stressing your body with other issues.
I'm currently on a journey to find my easy-going side. :)
Do your best, then to hell with it.
Post Edited (jdiane) : 6/27/2008 1:49:25 PM (GMT-6)
CrohnieToo, I tend to agree with you. When I first started visiting Doctors for my symptoms I was told I was only tired because I have young kids and all my symptoms were my fault or in my head!. I was even told that depression caused my problems when it did not. I might have been a bit depressed after the Doc's treated me like I was nuts. I could just hug my GI for figuring out this puzzle.
I do agree that stress aggravates the problem. Heck stress can even make healthy people sick.
I think "aggravate" is a good word. I happen to have all those characteristics and stress totally aggravates it. In fact, I never had any overt symptoms until I had a stressful family situation last year. There are different types of Crohn's anyway. I have the kind that is inflammation at the ileum and possibly the entire small intestine. My uncle had "ulcers" in the 70s when they believed they were caused by being the "strong silent" type, which he was. Maybe it was actually undiagnosed Crohn's.
I don't get the feeling they are blaming us, one author hinted that he also suffered from Crohn's ("someone very close to me"), but I also hate the idea that all you have to do is "meditate" and you won't have flares. well, it might help me, I have to try to do it more often. OT, it reminds me of that stupid Law of Attraction book a friend recommended. Let's all visualize ourselves as cured!
I totally don't believe in raw milk (are you kidding me, all I need is a MAP infection), but there are some naturally anti inflammatory herbs, such as ginger, boswellia, plus fish oil, of course. When I take them I have less pain, but since I'm new to this, I don't know if the lack of pain means damage is still occuring or not.
Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 6/30/2008 2:00:14 PM (GMT-6)