Pleas bear with me, but I kinda have silly question and need answer

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Mr.X
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   Posted 8/27/2010 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone

Can the Crohn's make you feel a bit stressed in your abdomen? I don't know why or how exactly to explain it, but when I'm trying to sleep I feel I can't because I feel my stomach is a bit...different. Especially when their are things on my minds or kinda feeling stressed. As if I'm still "active" or "hyped" and can't calm down yet. Is that just me, or does anyone feel like this sometimes? Mostly I think its related to stress, I feel I can't sleep without waking up after couple of hours and then the feeling in my stomach becomes worse, like I'm inflamed I guess.


Thanks for your time, and if my question sounded weird.

tsitodawg
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   Posted 8/27/2010 10:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Anxiety and stress are definitely triggers of Crohn's and can mess with your sleeping patterns. On the same note, Crohn's disease can make you exhausted because you are constantly having to get up during the night to go to the bathroom without obtaining much R.E.M. sleep. Without that R.E.M. your body becomes sleep deprived much like with sleep apnea and causes your disease to flare more. It can be a vicious cycle and a reason to speak to your G.I. about getting on either an antispasmotic to be taken before sleep or something to help you sleep. If stress because too much for you, then you will need to talk to them about an anti anxiety med of some sorts but most of us do quite well with the anti-spasmotic medications like librax, bentyl, robinul, or levsin. I use librax and it does have a little bit of lithium in it which helps with stress.

Grandpato2
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   Posted 8/28/2010 1:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes Mr.X stress definately will affect your abdomen so that physically you feel it. It can manifest in many forms such as what you've described in your post. Symptoms may be swelling or rigidity of the abdomen which may be part of the 'different' your feeling.
Male, 55 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 May, 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. In the past, 5-asa Salofalk, Asacol, Entocort,  Imuran and Prednisone.

ivy6
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   Posted 8/28/2010 1:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Sniper
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   Posted 8/28/2010 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey , there is no such thing as a silly question here, however, I do give some pretty silly answers from time to time. The bad thing about crohns is that stress makes it worse, and being worse is stressful. Its a bad cycle and hard to end , but as your meds help your crohns the stress will ease and so on. Hope you do better soon....
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Nanners
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   Posted 8/28/2010 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes some of us have to add in either an anxiety med or an antidepressant. This disease alone can cause us to always worry about the what if's in life. I personally take Xanax on occasion to quiet my mind when needed. Good luck!
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Mr.X
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   Posted 8/30/2010 4:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all guys, I appreciate your help :)

Yesterday I had a nice sleep, after a long and nasty headache. The headache is probably from my HCV's med (Peg-Intron) I realize that it can make you feel headache or depressed. Its becoming hard to tell wither I have regular stress from my Crohn's, my HCV's med or if its just me. Oh, and don't worry, I checked with the HCV forum, and they where helpful too.

Anyway, thank you all again.

P.S. by the way, nice quote, Nanners. Especially when starting to lose faith in tomorrow, and I've been feeling like that for a while now. But again, thanks for it.

mdf34
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   Posted 8/30/2010 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I have found that the Bentyl helps me sleep by seeming to quiet the belly down.  It usually only delays the inevitible, but I will sleep.  If you didn't know, it is a muscle relaxer, if you will, for the intestinal tract.

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 8/30/2010 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
yep
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Grandpato2
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   Posted 8/30/2010 11:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Ask your Dr. if a drug called Buscopan would be usful in this situation. It's used to relax the spasms and relieve the pain of IBS type diseases. I find it's very gentle and I've never noticed any side effects. It may help you get restful sleep. Keep asking questions like this, that how you learn!
Male, 55 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 May, 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. In the past, 5-asa Salofalk, Asacol, Entocort,  Imuran and Prednisone.

hld4good
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   Posted 8/30/2010 11:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Years ago when I was having an x-ray after drinking barium, the radiologist said he could be my intestines convulsing. He showed it to me and it looked as if they jump. That explained the weird feeling in my abdomen. There are no silly questions.
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