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junerainbow
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   Posted 3/13/2010 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to ask.. I had a bad family situation happen today which led to quite a bit of crying ...I am breathing now.. calmed down but my stomach is killing me.. I have pain like I have never had. Three months ago this happened at work, right before I got sick. I have a very stressful job and things came to a head one day...so i am sitting here making a connection... I tend to be a highly emotional person.. I admit it...is this something I will need to get control of , am I damaging my insides when I cry? Why is the pain so bad?

Don't mean to ask so many questions.. but all of this is just coming at me and I feel lost.

Thank you.
40 yo...mom to three wonderful kids, and wife to an amazing , supportive husband of 18 years..

Diagnosed with gluten intolerance April 2009

Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2010- just started Entocort

Have had myriad of health problems attributed to many different things over the past ten years. Our family has a history of Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis and Bowel Cancer.


wednesday77
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   Posted 3/13/2010 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
It's awful what Crohn's can do to your body!  Remember this too shall pass.  It won't always be like this.  Today was a very bad day but you will get through it.  Crying is our bodies natural way of releasing tension, so let it all out!  Do what you can today to take care of yourself and pamper yourself and tomorrow will be a better day.  The pain is awful but it too will go away and you will feel better.  If you are doubled over in pain with cramps from D, then get on all fours and try and breathe through the pain until you can go to the bathroom.
 
Do whatever it takes to feel better now, breathe, take a hot bath, climb into bed to rest, have your husband make you some tea, if your dr gives you any pain meds take one of those, put on some comfy pjs and fuzzy socks and watch some tv or take a nap.  Just take it one hour at a time, or even 10 minutes at a time!! 
 
I hope you feel better soon - today was very stressful and you recognize that but sometimes we just have to mentally go on auto-pilot and coast to get through the bad times - tomorrow you will feel a little better and have a clearer head and be more well-equipped to deal with whatever life is throwing your way.
 
Take care! 
33 yr old Female
Crohn's Colitis
DX 12/06
 
Currently on Remicade, starting Humira, 55 mg Prednisone, Multivitamin, Calcium, Probiotics, Vitamin D, a few other herbal supplements my natureopath has me on.
 
Eating a Macrobiotic diet, no meat or dairy, trying to cut way back on sugar and white foods.  Trying to focus on a more holistic approach to healing. 
 
 
 


Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/13/2010 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I sometimes wonder if adrenals are tied in as well (stress hormones), well I'm sure they are. If you read up on adrenal fatigue, which I've had before.
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


sammies
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   Posted 3/13/2010 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
While I don't think stress CAUSES our disease, I certainly believe it can make it worse. I finally "gave in" to some xanax. It's a tiny dose and I can take as needed. It makes a world of difference for me.

In the meantime, please do something good for yourself as Wednesday has suggested.

I wish you well!
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; TPN, propranolol and xanax; anemia of chronic disease


wednesday77
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   Posted 3/13/2010 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Sammies, I totally agree.  Looking back, I can see that I would have probably always gotten Crohn's (from the Crohn's markers, etc) - but for me, it wasn't until I was 29 that I got a bad flu and had to take antiboitocs and the "switch flipped".  I went from hving what they told me for years was mild colitis to being hospitalized for 2 weeks and in bed for the next month at home.  I wonder if there are people with the potential for Crohn's that never have it develop into a full-on disease?
 
I am with you on the Xanax too, anything you can do to make yourself feel better (within reason, obv) is important.  I don't think stress causes Crohn's but I know it makes mine a HECK of a lot worse when I am having symptoms or a flare.  Something for me to work on! :)
 
junerainbow, I hope your day is going a little better than it was before!!!!! :)
33 yr old Female
Crohn's Colitis
DX 12/06
 
Currently on Remicade, starting Humira, 55 mg Prednisone, Multivitamin, Calcium, Probiotics, Vitamin D, a few other herbal supplements my natureopath has me on.
 
Eating a Macrobiotic diet, no meat or dairy, trying to cut way back on sugar and white foods.  Trying to focus on a more holistic approach to healing. 
 
 
 


junerainbow
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   Posted 3/13/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I took your advice.. did the bath, rest... the issue is still heavy on my mind and I wish I could just stop thinking about it.. but thankfully the pain has lessened.. the bath seemed to help. i think i am going to watch something funny..and laugh alot, deal with stuff another day.

wonderful ideas... thank you.
40 yo...mom to three wonderful kids, and wife to an amazing , supportive husband of 18 years..

Diagnosed with gluten intolerance April 2009

Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2010- just started Entocort

Have had myriad of health problems attributed to many different things over the past ten years. Our family has a history of Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis and Bowel Cancer.


isergodur
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   Posted 3/13/2010 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
We are here to answer you questions :)

I am sorry you had such a bad day.

Stress is a BIG factor in my disease. If I am relaxed and just tending my daily business with out stress I am rather good.
Add stress to the mix and my colon goes into panic mode also.

Just by thinking about something stressful gives me bad cramps and pain.
25 year old female from Iceland.
Diagnosed with :
Endometriosis march 2007
Anxiety disorder august 2007
CD/UC they don't know witch October 2008
Autoimmune Hepatitis in July 2009

Medication - Humira, Asacol, Cipralex and Cerazette.
Past medication Remicade, Imuran, Entocort
My wonderful dogs :) ~ www.poodle.is ~


Susiebuddy
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   Posted 3/13/2010 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Junerainbow!

Oh can I relate to your post.... I am a VERRRRY sensitive person and stress is a MAJOR trigger for my symptoms! I have trouble getting things off my mind if they are bothering me also... I have had so many ups and downs in my life, and marriage.. it's amazing I still have managed to hang on to my colon... Everyone is giving you good advice.. I don't know your situation, but I have been teaching myself to try and not worry about things I cannot control.. My husband is an addict, (used to be alcohol, now it's other stuff) and I have finally realized I can't do anything about it, only he can if he chooses to some day.. The only thing I CAN do is live my life with integrity and hope he comes around eventually. That in itself is very stressful, but as long as he is working and paying the bills, I can't and don't expect much more than that from him right now. His being an addict has actually taught me a lot about myself and learning to deal with stress...

I also agree with the others who have suggested Xanax... as long as you use it sparingly, if you just cannot get a grip on things, one little pill can sure give you a bit of a relief sometimes.

Music is a great tool for relaxation, as is a nice bath and rest.. I like to light Candles also.. .Watching something funny is also a great idea! I love to watch America's funniest home videos when I'm feeling down.. that show usually has me rolling on the floor eventually!

I hope you are doing better :)
 Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 31st, 2005, Testing for Crohn's 3/10
 Prior Meds:
Canasa, Rowasa, Lialda, Apriso, Prednisone, 1 infusion of Remicade.. none of those worked for too long... Had neurological complications from the Remicade...
 Current Meds:
Pentasa 2000mg 2x a day, Entocort 9mg daily, Nexium 40mg once a day, Wellbutrin 150mg once a day. Culturelle 2x a day, Xanax as needed and Ambien at night for sleep..  
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artist guy
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   Posted 3/13/2010 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
there is good stress and there is bad stress, everybody needs alittle good stress to function as a human being. the bad stress is a job you hate, or situations that aren't pleasant for you in your living conditions, or bad stress is working with people you don't like at all. those situations can be hard on a cd sufferer. try to make lemonaid out of lemons, or chicken salad out of chicken crap.

artist guy


heatmiser
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   Posted 3/13/2010 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I know stress causes me to flare. There is only so much I can do about it all. I've wondered if some anti-anxiety meds might be good for us if we see this connection. I haven't asked my doc about it yet though.
Dxd CD in 2003. Scope Aug/09 shows UC.
Meds: Colazal, prilosec, darvocet, prednisone, cipro, flagyl


Grandpato2
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   Posted 3/13/2010 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   
 Sudden hard hits of stress hit me just the same as you junerainbow. It's like I was physically hit in the stomach with a hard punch then the stabbing pains start and then severe crohn's pains. Tears as well if it's a sad situation and yes they trigger the pain as well initially. I don't know why, sorry about that, wish I did. I also have learned coping mechanisms that help me to deal with these situations the best I can or avoid them totally if I can.

Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.


Grandpato2
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   Posted 3/13/2010 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Susiebuddy, good luck with your husband I have experience with your situation and will send you some prayers that he learns to see the light. Feel free to e-mail me if you'd like Rob, 10 days from 7 years clean and sober!


Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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PV
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   Posted 3/14/2010 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Stress also seems to be a trigger for my husband. I remember he went into a flare right after he had a bad argument with his dad. Also, if I ever get upset with him, it affects his gut - he has to go potty right away. Hey, even I have that response, when I am tense or anxious - like I have to give a presentation or something, I find that I have to do it on an empty stomach. So anxiety, tension and stress can definitely affect the gut.

I have had to try to curtail my responses with my husband, so that I don't upset his gut too much. I would normally get annoyed at something and yell and him and then calm down perhaps, but I've had to try to change my normal mode of operation to letting him know that something he did is upsetting to me, rather than yell at him about it. It doesn't happen a lot, but I sometimes feel like this disease has made our relationship better - because we talk things through, I make a conscious effort to not give in to anger, and we work things out without too much emotional drama. :-) On the other hand, I do sometimes wish I could just yell at him; instead now I go take a walk to calm down before I address the issue - yelling sometimes is therapeutic.

I would suggest that people in your family learn to address things in a less emotionally fraught way so as to not cause you so much physical pain. I have a vested interest in my husband staying healthy, so whenever I feel the urge to do something that I know will upset his gut or cause him stress, I try to mitigate that by cooling my heels a little . . . go for a walk, do the dishes, talk to someone else (like my mom) . . . something that will put some distance between me and what I'm angry about, and 99 times out of 100, I find that after that little break, it just doesn't seem important or upsetting anymore. So, perhaps you can suggest this to your family members. It's healthy practice even if you aren't sick I think.

PV
Husband with Crohn's
Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Crohn's in Remission since June 2008
C-diff recurrence Sep 2009
Reactive Arthritis Nov 2009
Currently c-diff free
Osteopenia of spine (Mar 2010)
Canasa (1gm), Lialda (4.8 gms), Remicade (8 weeks)
Currently In Remission


junerainbow
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   Posted 3/14/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree completely..the pain was very bad last night.. it kicked up again in the middle of the night...my husband didn't know what to do...at one point I was doubled over...so today I am going to be calm.. avoid the phone and potentially volatile situations which are currently unfolding within the extended family. I just don't need that right now. I wish I could suggest things but my extended family is well....not understanding of things.. and really don't care about the health.. so I will just have to have my own methods of dealing with them.
I will talk to my family... my teens.. hubby.. and I think this will be great advice... so thank you.

thank you for sharing all of your experiences with me...heres hoping for a peaceful calm day =)
40 yo...mom to three wonderful kids, and wife to an amazing , supportive husband of 18 years..

Diagnosed with gluten intolerance April 2009

Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2010- just started Entocort

Have had myriad of health problems attributed to many different things over the past ten years. Our family has a history of Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis and Bowel Cancer.


Nanners
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   Posted 3/14/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Stress and anxiety can triggers Crohns like episodes in me and I have had this dd for almost 35 years.  I developed anxiety related to Crohns about 2-3 years ago.  I didn't put the stress and anxiety together as the cause of my 3-4 bad day episodes that would hit me about 3 or 4 times a year.  I kept thinking I was having mini flares every so often.  But after awhile things started adding up and thru conversations on this very forum, I finally figured out how bad stress was for my Crohns.  So thru the help of a therapist and the occasional lowest dose Xanax, I am now able to stop those attacks in there tracks.  Don't be ashamed of it, many with this stinking disease go thru it.  Many suffer with depression because of Crohns.  So please do talk to your doctor if it is interferring with your life.  I can tell you that before I saw the therapist and started my occasional Xanax I was using more than all my sick days because of these little stress flares.  Good luck to you!


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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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