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   Posted 10/30/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
i am curious, does anyone believe that stress and anxiety can make your chrohn's flare up. Ive been under alot of stress lately. Trying to remodel my kitchen, and i have a job that i absolutely cant stand. It pays ok though and gives me health insurance. It just seems like on my days off I feel so much better, im hardly in any pain, but as soon as its time to go back, or i even think about work, the pain will return. I need my job though, and the insurance, so im not sure what to do. Does anyone take any type of medication that relieves stress and anxiety??

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   Posted 10/30/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
yes, yes, and yes I do believe (and have been told by doctors) that stress is a very likely factor in crohn's flares. There are anti-anxiety medications, but the best medication is fixing what is the cause of it instead of just treating it. Find ways to deal with the stress on your own and you may find yourself feeling better quicker! However you go about it, best of luck!
**32 year old female; Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2001; diagnosis changed to Crohn's disease in 2009 (but still only impacts colon)
**Asacol (4800 mg daily), 6-MP (100 mg daily), Prednisone (10 mg daily...for a few more weeks), Nexium (40 mg daily)
**Previous meds: Colazal (allergic); Flagyl (off and on for rectal inflammation); Rowasa (enemas only when needed); various pain meds (but luckily none lately); iron IV infusions (when hemoglobin gets low)
**Thankfully only two major flare-ups...2001 and 2009. Hoping to have another 8 years in between the next one (sadly, I do know there will be a next one).

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   Posted 10/30/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I agree with the whole stress factor. I'm the same way..days off feel better than days I have to work. Seems that I take most of my stress out in my stomach. Even as a kid I remember holding my stomach when something bothered me or was upsetting.
There are times I think to I'm gonna tell myself my elbow hurts instead of my stomach and see if it makes a difference...hahaha. Doesn't always work:(
 "Get busy living or get busy dying"

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   Posted 10/30/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I absolutely agree that stress can affect our guts! I often get sickest around midterms/exams or when I know I have to go in to work... And I feel pretty alright usually when I have nothing on my plate.
19 y/o female, diagnosed crohns december 2008
currently taking 500 mg pentasa 4x daily

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   Posted 10/30/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
1000% agree about stress making it worse. Anytime things are more stressful at work, the number of bathroom trips increases and the pain worsens. Definitely correlated.
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission from 11/2003 to 7/2009
omeprazole 40mg, zoloft 100mg, apriso 1500mg, dicyclomine 3/day
dx with bipolar II 8/2009, re-diagnosed with bipolar I 9/09
Apparently allergic to lamictal...waiting on next rx

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   Posted 10/31/2009 4:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I couldn't agree more Stress certainly plays a big part in this disease i currently take citalopram for anxiety and just had it uped to 60 mg as im due to go back in hossy and am really stressing right now! Bev x
Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma.  reversal sheduled for Nov09 Meds:Pentasa 500mg 3x day,  B12 shots, every 3 months, iron syrup,loperimide,folic acid, Back on citalopram 40mg (for Anxiety.)

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   Posted 10/31/2009 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   
In my experience, there seems to be a very high correlation between stress and flare-ups.

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   Posted 10/31/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I will tell you I kept thinking that about 3-4 times a year I was having these 4-5 day mini flares. When stressed I would get instant diarrhea, nausea and some vomiting and it would take me 4-5 days to get over it. Finally the correlation kicked in in my mind and I realized that it was stress and anxiety attacks that was causing these mini flares. I saw my family doc and started seeing a therapist and thru therapy and the occasional Xanax (1-3 times a month)I am now able to stop these mini flares in their tracks. I have been feeling so much better the last 2 years or so since I made this discovery. Hope that helps.

Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

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   Posted 10/31/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes! Please try to control your stress level. I find that deep breathing exercises a few times a day really helps as does walking outside.

I'm sorry you can't quit your job because you need the health insurance. How IRONIC that the job could be contributing to your sickness - yet you can't leave it because you are sick.

So try your best to do what you CAN control - like your thoughts and such. Sounds corny but with some work it does help.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.

Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!

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