Emotional upset = worsening of Crohn's symptoms?

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ALgirl
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   Posted 5/5/2010 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Does being upset make anyone else's Crohn's symptoms a lot worse?  I have been under a great deal of stress recently with finances, mortgage problems and with Mother's Day coming up it is making me upset constantly (I just lost my mom in February).  The last 2 days my belly is cramping badly, nausea, no appetite and can't stay out of the bathroom.  I guess I just wanted to whine a little today!
 
 
 
 

Diagnosed w/ Crohn's 2010
Current meds: Pentasa, prednisone taper


not creative
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   Posted 5/5/2010 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, absolutely, my symptoms were always worse when I was uber stressed. I asked my doctor for something and he gave me Ativan. It really helped to stop my body from dealing with stress by flaring my CD.
Laurenne, 25 Graduate from University of California, Davis. BA-Anthropology
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002. Was in flare from 2006-2010 with almost no relief from any meds I tried.
Three abscesses that are now fistulas, with three setons! All gone as of March 9
Tried: LDN- Did nothing good, Remicade- allergic, Humira- no reaction
On: Zoloft, Abilify, folic acid, b12, vitamin c, multivitamin

3-9-10: Total protectomy and Sigmoid colostomy installed. Haven't spent more than 3 minutes on the toilet since- it's fantastic! Now I'm just waiting to get regulated so I can irrigate.


Celey
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   Posted 5/5/2010 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
For me, too... I've noticed that every time I start getting stressed out, my physical health starts to decline... *My mental health isn't going so well right now... I'm hoping to get things under control before my Crohn's decides to start acting up*
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


Nanners
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   Posted 5/5/2010 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I suffer with anxiety related to my Crohns. When I am really stressed it gives "me" IBS like attacks. I get diarrhea immediately along with nausea and sometimes vomiting. But "i" personally don't consider those Crohns flares, just stressed induced IBS attacks for me. They suck though! Hugs!! I feel your pain about Mothers Day too, I just lost my Mom 15 months ago.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
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!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Colly_irl
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   Posted 5/5/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I get this too. I am buying my first home at the moment and it's been nothing but stress. Dealing with banks etc is not for the feint of heart!! Especially these days.
But I'm the very same, any bit of stress or anxiety gives me majow stomach cramps and frequesnt trips to the loo. I have trouble sleeping throughout these periods too

almost30inMI
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   Posted 5/5/2010 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I noticed that any added stress will cause a more frequent trips to the loo and D. Even the unnoticed stress of traveling on vacation. After a flight I usually go more often for 1-3 days. I have learned to ask for help and rely on those around me to worry about the small stuff. Yoga, exercise and faith have helped me greatly.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 1998. Been on and off pred, entocort, immuran, asacol. Currently on Remicade every 6 weeks along with Asacol. Began having joint pain 01/2010.


tigerpawn
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   Posted 5/5/2010 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
my latest flare i believe was from overating, it gave me for the first time unctrollable D, AS THE DAYS WORE ON MY STRESS LEVEL WENT UP, making my flare worse. by the way I noticed your from
ALABAMA , so am I WHAT PART NORTH, SOUTH,
BEST REGARDS TIGERPAWN

heatmiser
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   Posted 5/5/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Easily the number one trigger of my flares I believe. The last couple of years have been just one thing after another and ongoing things as well, and I have had the worst time ever with my cd. I know they say it doesn't cause the disease, but it is such a big factor in how I feel that I wonder why they don't consider treating my stress/emotional state of being along with the physical symptoms. Not that I've ever pushed the issue.
Dxd CD in 2003. Scope Aug/09 shows UC.
Meds: Colazal, prilosec, darvocet, prednisone, cipro, flagyl


NiceCupOfTea
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   Posted 5/5/2010 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Undecided.

In the immediate term, I'd say no. I can be as upset as you like and notice no difference that same day in how many times I run to the toilet or how ill I am. But in the longer term I'd say it's possible, probably even likely, that going through prolonged stress will sooner or later have a knock-on effect on my Crohn's. I really don't know though. An interesting experiment would be to be really happy and cheerful for six months and see if that makes me dramatically better! >_>

Charlee
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   Posted 5/5/2010 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Absolutely for me...I am also stressed with finacial issues and a couple of other things at the moment and the crohns definitely lets me know that its not a fan of stress. How to combat it? Well..for me, I am going to the GP to see if there is some sort of short-term med which will help to cope with the stress's whilst not upsetting the crohns further. I know quite a few engage in alternative therapies. I am going to explore these too, however when something creeps up on you quickly I guess you want to be able to settle yourself quickly so as to not upset the disease in the interim. But life does not come without its stress factors for anyone, just makes things a little more complicated when stress directly implicates the crohns and many very well have you in a flare for far more than the stress period. So sorry to hear about your mum. Reflect on the good times with your mum on mothers day and make that special to both of you. As for your finances - I am in the same boat (especially with the mortgage) - try contacting the bank and buying some time with them - maybe under some sort of hardship clause. This is what I am doing presently - just to try to remove some of the financial stress until things get under control.

Good luck

Charlee
37y/o female from Australia
Dx: crohns april 2010
Meds: Currently : prednisone, calcium, vit d, nexium, probiotics, fish oil


Jamci
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   Posted 5/5/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I definitely think that stress has alot to do with aggravating crohn's. I've been stressed by finances, family problems and dealing with health problems for the past six months. For me it seems to cause loss of appetite and weight loss. At least that's what I hope is causing the weight loss. I've constantly had abdominable pain that hasn't been helped by medication yet. I've only been on asacol and apriso so far. Hoping the doc will try something else next visit. I take Wellbutrin for anxiety/stress but that doesn't seem to be helping.
Daily Multi Vitamin, B Complex, B12 sublingual, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Protonix (GERD), Wellbutrin (Anxiety). Apriso (Crohn's), Trilipix (cholesterol), Welchol (cholesterol), Cardizem (blood pressure)


ALgirl
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   Posted 5/6/2010 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for all your replies!  I feel better so far this morning...  I think if I have one more death in the family I will need some type of medication for sure!  My grandma (mother's mom) died in December, other grandma died in January, my mom was killed in an accident when I was first in the hospital with Crohn's in February, and my sister-in-law died in April. 
 
Tigerpawn - I am in NE Alabama.  Are you from AL too?
 
Nice cup of tea - sounds like a great experiment!  Wish the dr could write out a prescription for a vacation (free of course with no stress allowed)
 
 
 
 
Diagnosed w/ Crohn's 2010
Current meds: Pentasa, prednisone taper


tigerpawn
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   Posted 5/6/2010 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
yes, i am, northwest alabama, near tuscaloosa,al
do u go to uab
tigerpawn

tigerpawn
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   Posted 5/6/2010 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
i meant, kirklin clinic at uab
tigerpawn

Nanners
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   Posted 5/6/2010 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
ALgirl, I take Xanax at the first hint of my anxiety ramping up and am able to stop it in its tracks. I take the lowest dose available. It really helps alot. You might want to talk to your family doc about it. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
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!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

ALgirl
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   Posted 5/6/2010 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Tigerpawn - I live about an hour's drive from Birmingham so I have just been seeing local docs here in my town.  I have considered going there though.  Do you know if they are good there?  I am sure they are better than the ones here!  It seems like all the doctors in my town are still going by stuff they learned in med school in the '60s and do not keep up with current stuff.  So I have to ask - Alabama or Auburn?  LOL - It really doesn't matter to me but it seems everytime you meet someone else from AL you have to ask that! It's nice to see someone that close by on the forum though!
 
Nanners - that sounds like a good idea.  Thank you!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diagnosed w/ Crohn's 2010
Current meds: Pentasa, prednisone taper


tigerpawn
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   Posted 5/6/2010 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
neither alabama or auburn,  i went to university of memphis
and thats my allegiance, I used to go to uab kirklin clinic
for my GI but he retired and switched to GI in
tuscaloosa al, My internist is at uab, but he doesnt mess
with crohns,
I am 2hours from birmingham,al
THE POPULATION OF MY CITY IS about 5000
and 4999 never heard of crohns
tigerpawn
curious if there are any other alabama folks on forum
 
 
 
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